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National Farmers' Federation 2016 National Congress - 26-27 October Australian Institute of Sport Arena, Canberra

2016 Congress Program

Australian Farmers Embracing Digital Innovation

The NFF 2016 National Congress theme is Australian Farmers Embracing Digital Innovation.

This year's Congress will focus on exciting advances in robotic technology, precision agriculture, the future of automation, and will highlight the largest gains and opportunities for agriculture both within Australia, and on the global stage.


The full program will be available soon, but in the meantime, here's a sneak peak

7:30am Registrations Open Exhibition Hall

8:30am Welcome by Mr Brent Finlay, NFF President

Major sponsors and high-profile industry and government keynote speakers will provide compelling discussions on the issues impacting the future of Australian agriculture. More details will be available soon, but you definitely won't want to miss these speakers.

Parliamentary representatives will get together in a 'Pollies Panel" will contrast the visions each party has for agriculture in the digital era. This session will be one NOT to be missed.

Science Driving Innovation

The Future of Farm Automation will see the introduction of robotics and digital intelligence that is vastly improving safety, efficiency and cost-effectiveness.

Innovation to Manage Climate Change will explore the link between emissions efficiency and productivity, the issue of maintaining productivity and reducing nitrous oxide emissions in cropping systems, and the future of climate forecasting and climate data to better manage variability and extreme events.


5:45pm Buses leave for the National Arboretum Cocktail Event.


6:00pm Official Congress Cocktail Function Event: National Arboretum


8:00am Day 2 Registrations Open Exhibition Hall Open

8:30am Congress recommences
Recap of Day One, Introduction to Day Two. We will look at the rising demand for high quality, protein-rich, sustainable and ethical food which will create new export opportunities for Australian produce.

What will the next 50 years for Australian agriculture look like?

Superannuation Innovation and Investment

Digital Technology and the collection of farm data is revolutionising the way we farm.</b>

Agtech startup opportunities for young farmers and innovators

Telecommunications in the bush is a deal-breaker for farm businesses to compete in the marketplace. This panel discussion will focus on the developments in rural and regional Australia.</b>

Ag Policy Priorities and the Government's perspective.

The Political Landscape panel discussion.

Final Words from Principal Sponsors and Congress Commentator.

Concluding Statement by Brent Finlay, NFF President.

5:00pm Congress concludes.

Program format

The program will be dynamic and interactive with a range of session formats, including thought-provoking presentation, panel discussions and audience Q&A.

Exhibition showcase

There will be an open-plan innovation, technology, products and services showcase where all congress breaks will be held.

Congress Cocktail

A unique cocktail -style event will showcase the diversity of the local Canberra region produce and the farmers who produce it. Coach transfers to and from the venue and the hotels will be provided.

Download the Program

Click here to view the Official Congress Information.