The conference commences with a welcome reception and buffet dinner on Wednesday 13 September at 18:30.
The program of speakers is on Thursday 14 September as follows:
Session 1 Economics and Markets
Fertiliser Market Outlook - Gavin Ju Senior (CRU)
Australian Economic Outlook and Impact for Agriculture - Wes Lefroy (Rabobank)
Agribusiness-The Big Long - Tim Burrow (Agribusiness Australia)
WHS Launch - Amy Wyer (AFSA)
Session 2 Fertilizer and Application Technology
Paths Toward The Next Generation Of Fertilizers - Matt Redding (QDAF)
FarmMap4D - What is its value for Agriculture - Phil Tickle (CRC for Spatial Information Agriculture)
Implications Of Robotic Farm Vehicles For Agribusiness & Farm Contract Business - Mark Calleija (Australian Centre for Field Robotics)
P Cycle, Availability & its Relationship With Soil Biology - Dr Cassandra Schefe (Schefe Consulting)
Session 3A Making Sense of Weather Forecasts and Models
Interactive Workshop On Weather Forecasts & Models - Graeme Anderson & Dale Grey from Vic DPI & Andrew Watkins from BOM
Session 3B Business and Succession Planning
Business Succession Planning - James Benson (Next Rural)
The Art Of Identifying & Analysing Business Data To Help Make Better Decisions - James Finlay (Neil Clark & Associates)
Attracting & Retaining Staff - Nigel Crawley (Rimfire Resources)
Session 4 Soil and Plant Technology
Nutrient Management Guidelines For High Rainfall Cropping Zone - Dr Malcom McCaskill
Real Time Soil Tests In The Field? - Science Fiction Or Just Over The Horizon? - Dr Sean Mason (Agronomy Solutions))
Fert$mart & Fertcare - Sam Oakden (Dairy Australia)
Fert$mart In Tasmania - Luke Taylor (AgAssist)
Fertcare Update - Jeff Kraak (Fertilizer Australia)
The conference dinner follows at 18:30
See Friday Activities Tab for information on what's available on Friday the 15th September.
Industry Tour and Partner Tour can be booked on the registration page.
Public and Member registrations include all conference sessions, Welcome reception and buffet dinner Wednesday night, lunch on Wednesday and Thursday and the conference dinner on Thursday night.
Partner registration includes welcome reception and buffet dinner on Wednesday night plus conference dinner on Thursday night. A partner tour is available on Thursday at a cost of $50 which will include a leisurely bus trip of the local sites and lunch and wine tasting at Oakden winery (lunch and wine tasting not included in the price)
Early bird (EB) pricing applies until mid-night July 7:
|AFSA Member EB
|Fertilizer Australia Member EB
After mid-night on July 7 the pricing is:
|Fertilizer Australia Member
You can pay online at the time of registration or opt to receive an invoice which will be due for payment in 14 days.
Cancellations prior to July 7 will receive a refund, less an administration fee of $100 per registration. There is no refund for cancellation after July 7, however the registration can be transferred.
The Australian Fertilizer Services Association will hold its AGM at 15:30 on Wednesday 13 September followed by a member forum. All AFSA members are welcome to attend.
A board meeting will be held earlier in the day and is restricted to Directors of the AFSA.
The Fertilizer Australia AGM will be held at 17:00 on Wednesday 13 September. All Fertilizer Australia members are welcome to attend.
A board meeting will be held earlier in the day and is restricted to Directors of Fertilizer Australia.
Click Here to book your accommodation at RACV Torquay Resort. The room rate includes full buffet breakfast for up to two (2) guests in Number One Restaurant.
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The industry tour will include a visit to the Nutrient Advantage soil lab in Werribee, a vegetable growing business whose operation covers from seed to supermarket shelf and an inspection of the Melbourne Water Sewage Farm. The cost will be $35 plus you will need to purchase your own lunch on the day. This is an extra cost and is not included in the registration fee. The industry tour can be booked when you register for the conference.
Those delegates who are driving to the east of Torquay after the industry tour will have the option of parking their car at Avalon Airport(parking fees apply) prior to the industry tour as the bus will pick up from Avalon Airport at 9:15 on the way to the first site visit and return to Avalon Airport by 15:30 on the way back to the resort.
Delegates going on the industry tour and flying out of Avalon Airport will be able to take their luggage on the bus on Friday morning and get off at Avalon Airport. Delegates flying out of Melbourne Airport will be able to catch the Gull Bus from Geelong which takes you directly to Melbourne Airport. There is a 5pm Gull Bus which would get you to Melbourne airport about 6.30pm.
Golf can be booked directly through the golf shop at the resort on 03 5261 1677.
There are many sites to see and places to visit in the area. You may wish to do your own thing or below are some links to tour specialists in the area.
Geelong Adventure Specialists
Big stick Adventures
The Wine Bus Geelong
Great Ocean Rd Tour
Otway Fly Treetop Adventures
For more ideas Click Here
The two airports closest to the conference venue are Avalon Airport (50km) and Melbourne Airport (110 km).
Skybus operate a service between Avalon Airport and Geelong with connecting services to Torquay. Click Here
Gull Bus operate a group VIP door to door service. Click Here
Melbourne Airport (Tullamarine)
Gull Bus operates a service between Melbourne Airport and Geelong with connecting service to Torquay. Click Here
Gull Bus operate a group VIP door to door service. Click Here
Flying out on Friday
• Delegates flying out of Avalon Airport can take the Conference Industry Tour bus which will depart RACV Torquay Resort at 8:30, arriving at Avalon Airport at 9:20. Cost is $20 per person.
• Delegates flying out of Melbourne Airport can take the Conference Industry Tour bus departing RACV Torquay Resort at 8:30, arriving at the Geelong Gull Bus terminal at 8:55. Cost is $15 per person. A separate booking can be made on the Gull Bus departing Geelong at 9:30 arriving Melbourne Airport at 10:45.
• Delegates going on the Industry Tour and flying out of Avalon Airport on Friday afternoon will be able to take their luggage on the bus on Friday morning and get off at Avalon Airport after the last site visit around 15.30. The Industry Tour fee of $35 includes this service.
• Delegates flying out of Melbourne Airport can be dropped at the Gull Bus terminal at 15.55 and catch the 5pm bus directly to Melbourne airport. This bus will arrive at Melbourne airport about 6.30pm. For more information Click Here
Delegates wishing to book the bus transfer from RACV Torquay Resort to either the Geelong Gull Bus terminal or Avalon Airport on Friday morning should contact Monique email@example.com or (02) 6273 2422.