The conference commences with a Welcome Reception and drinks at RACV Royal Pines Resort on Wednesday the 4th of September at 6:30pm.
Session 1 - Public policy and economics
- Fertilising the Farm and not the Estuary – working towards best practice in collaboration with industry – Malcolm Robb from the WA Department of Water and Environmental Regulation
- Regulating for Reef water quality - an update - Elisa Nichols from the Office of the Great Barrier Reef
- Protecting Agriculture's Freedom to Operate - Matthew Cossey from Croplife Australia
- Economic update:Where to for Australia's agricultural sector? - Phin Ziedell from the National Australia Bank
Session 2 - Market opportunities and fertilizer market outlook
- A cotton industry in northern Australia a new opportunity with some old challenges - Dr Stephen Yeates from CSIRO
- Kalium Lakes - Developing Australia's First SOP Operation- Brett Hazelden from Kalium Lakes
- Panel discussion on supply and demand factors likely to impact the Australian fertilizer market over the coming 2 years to be chaired by Tanya Rybarczyk (CSBP). The panel will consist of Carl Roache ( Argus Media), Chen Shiqing (Wengfu), Stephan Titze (Incitec Pivot Fertilisers), Brett Freer (Landmark) & Dr Kate Burke (Think Agri).
Session 3 - Technology and agribusiness
- The 4th revolution, technology in agriculture - Dr Mike Briers from Food Agility CRC
- Soil Testing - A great investment, not just another cost - Peter Brick from Decipher
- Using The SnapBait Structure for In-field Calibration of Fertiliser Spreaders - John Moore from WA Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development
- Bosh and Monash Universities Ag Tech Launch Pad fostering innovation – Emma Lucia from Monash University
Session 4 - Fertilizer and application technology
- The Soil CRC - what's on the horizon? - Dr Michael Crawford from the Soil CRC
- Precision Agriculture for improved productivity and environmental outcomes - Dr Rob Bramley from CSIRO
- Fertilised legumes significantly improve productivity and returns from pastures in the Brigalow Belt - Gavin Peck from Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
- Potassium and the Australian Grains Industry - Dr Rob Norton from Norton Consulting
Session 5 Fertilizer shipping and logistics (Friday the 6th of September 9am - 10:30am)
- Meeting the Low Sulphur Fuel Challenge - Angela Gillham from the Maritime Industry Australia
Field Tour and MPfN Program session is on Friday 6th of September. Buses will be leaving RACV Royal Pines at 7.45am. More information on the Field Tour and MPfN Program session tab.
Public and Member registrations include Welcome Reception on Wednesday night, all conference sessions, lunch, morning and afternoon tea and the Conference Dinner on Thursday night and Friday's Field Tour and MPfN session. If you wish to join AFIC 2019 for the Friday’s Field Tour and MPfN session only there will be a registration of $200.
Partner registration includes Welcome Reception on Wednesday night plus Conference Dinner on Thursday night.
If you wish to register more than one delegate, simply select the number of delegates on the registration page, you will then fill in details for the first registrant and when you click on register, you will fill in details for the second and so on.
Prices from the 27th of July
|Fertilizer Australia Member
|Field Tour and MPfN session only
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 26 will receive a refund, less an administration fee of $100 per registration. There is no refund for cancellation after July 26, however the registration can be transferred.
The AFSA will hold its national AGM at 4.00pm on Wednesday 4th of September at RACV Royal Pines. All AFSA members are welcome to attend.
The Fertilizer Australia AGM will be held at 4:00pm on Wednesday the 4th of 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.
The Field Tour and MPfN Program session will be held on Friday 6th of September. Buses will leave RACV Royal Pines Resort at 7.45am and return at 4.30pm with a drop off at Gold Coast Airport at 4.00pm.
The conference registration includes bus transfer, morning tea and lunch. An option exists to register for the Field Tour and MPfN Program session only for $200.
The Field Tour and MPfN Program session is a joint initiative between Fertilizer Australia and Cotton Research and Development Corporation, managers of this leading national research project into nitrogen use efficiency (NUE). MPfN is Australia’s most comprehensive investigation into the contributing factors which effect NUE and the application of potential cutting-edge management and technologies to increase NUE across the sectors of cotton, dairy, horticulture (tree crops) and sugar. The Program’s reach is comprised of over 40 research sites, located from Darwin to Hobart, and encompasses contributions from over 70 leading scientists, technicians and PhD students from 31 partners. The research leaders of each sub-project will share their new science knowledge and insight into the influence this may have on N fertiliser, soil and agronomy management advice associated with intensive cropping and pasture systems.
For a summary of the MPfN projects CLICK HERE
Field Tour and MPfN Program session
7:45am Coaches depart RACV Royal Pines Gold Coast
8.45am Brief coffee stop @ Bangalow, departure strictly 09.00
9.30am Farm Visit, Wollongbar: Nutrient, soil and tree health in macadamia orchards
10.30am Depart for NSW DPI Wollongbar Agricultural Institute
11:00am MPfN Research Projects Snapshot Presentations, Wollongbar Agricultural Institute (NSW DPI). More information can be found here.
12:30pm Lunch, King Brown Camp Oven
1.30pm Depart Wollongbar for Tweed Valley
2.30pm Farm Visit, Stott’s Creek: Sugarcane fallow/ cover cropping management impacts on mineralisable N & soil health
4:00pm Arrive Coolangatta Airport
4:30pm Arrive RACV Royal Pines Resort Gold Coast
The More Profit from Nitrogen Program is project funded by the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources as part of its Rural R&D for Profit program
Accommodation is available at RACV Royal Pines Resort.
To attract the conference room rates shown below delegates can contact the reservations team on (07) 5597 8700, free call in Australia 1800 886 880 or New Zealand 0800 886 880 or use the link below to book directly.
RACV Royal Pines Resort
Room rate per night
| Room plus 1 x breakfast
|| Room plus 2 x breakfast
Run of House
(Mountain and Superior View Rooms)
Superior Spa Suite
(Includes access to the Executive Lounge)
| Torquay Suite
(includes access to the Executive Lounge)