29 June 2016
This year's conference, which will be officially opened by Premier Will Hodgman, will focus on what farming is, what it means now and into the future; the vision, the issues, the opportunities and the impediments to achieving our goals.
TFGA CEO Peter Skillern said that the conference would be the ideal place to listen, observe, network and participate in shaping a vision for the future of the agricultural sector in Tasmania.
“We're gathering together key industry stakeholders, government and representatives from all points in the supply chain to discuss the State Government’s AgriVision 2050 plan as well as provide benchmarks as to how it will be achievable,’’ Mr Skillern said.
“We’ll also be questioning whether it’s appropriate to have a target set so far away. Should we be thinking about a tangible plan and milestones to get us there?”
Special guest for the conference will be Victorian farmer Alana Johnson. A pioneer in rural women’s leadership in Australia, Alana is a founding member of Australian Women in Agriculture and a former president of the Foundation for Australian Agricultural Women.
The conference will be held at Country Club Tasmania, Launceston, on Thursday, 7 July, and there will be a field day on Friday, July 8. The TFGA major dinner will be held on the evening of 7 July.
Mr Skillern said that Tasmanian farmers had endured a tough twelve months, what with drought, fire, dairy prices and floods, but the TFGA event, especially the dinner, would be an opportunity to celebrate the resilience of the Tasmanian agricultural community.