Friday Seminars

Seminar Schedule & Overview

The hot conversation around deforestation – combining science with policy

Presented by Beef Australia

Independent environmental scientist Steve Weidemann features in this seminar which takes a look at the indisputable science around deforestation – and then is joined by others to consider the policy that must respect the science and protect agriculture.

Date: Friday 10th May 2024 
Time: 7.45am – 9.15am
Venue: James Lawrence A
Price: $55+ online booking fee

Resilient pastures to address threats to productivity in northern Australia

Presented by Queensland Government

Pasture dieback, pasture rundown, land condition decline and climate variability pose challenges to Queensland beef production.  

This seminar will highlight the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries’ 5-year partnership with Meat and Livestock Australia, to deliver support for the grazing industry to better manage and develop native and sown pastures.  

Options for restoring and boosting the productivity of pastures include sustainable grazing management and the adoption of deep-rooted perennial legumes systems.  

Attendees will be updated on the testing of new legume and grass varieties, pasture establishment techniques and pasture management options. They will also be provided with information and contacts to access to more personalised support. 

Date: Friday 10th May 2024 
Time: 8.00am – 9.30am 
Venue: James Lawrence B
Price: $55+ online booking fee

Market Access and Biosecurity 

Presented by Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

Join the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry for an informative seminar on biosecurity priorities, global trade trends and opportunities, and modern meat export regulation.

Commonwealth Biosecurity update:  

Deputy Secretary for Biosecurity and Compliance, Justine Saunders, will provide an update on priorities for Australia’s biosecurity system, including preparedness activities for emergency animal diseases. 

Trade, culture and sustainable systems:  

With changing consumer and market preferences, as well as increasing expectations to demonstrate our trade credentials, this session will explore trends, drivers, threats and opportunities in global trade; examine common themes shaping public policy for agriculture globally, such as climate change and agricultural sustainability; and highlight Australia’s work in shaping the global conversation. 

Modern meat export regulation:

First Assistant Secretary, Tom Black, will provide insight into the strategic delivery of export meat regulation, business and policy improvements to support our regulatory activities, and the department’s commitment and progress on supporting our regional operational staff.

Date: Friday 10th May 2024 
Time: 9.45am – 11.15am 
Venue: James Lawrence A
Price: $55+ online booking fee

Talkin Tough with Legless & Blind

Presented by Beef Australia

Join two down to earth blokes, Mike Rolls and Ben Pettingill, affectionately known as Legless & Blind, to discover a more effective version of what it means to be ‘tough’.

Mike & Ben harness their lived experience of facing adversity, along with extensive research, to deliver practical and powerful programs that cut through and have a lasting impact. They have worked extensively in rural and regional communities around the country approaching mental health in a relatable way and smashing the stigma as they go.

Their seminar has it all, powerful stories, plenty of laughs and practical tools and strategies to support the mental health and resilience of both you and your business.

Date: Friday 10th May 2024 
Time: 10.00am – 11.30am 
Venue: James Lawrence B
Price: $55+ online booking fee

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