Queensland’s peak horticulture body, Growcom will be an exhibitor at Case IH StepUP! Conference to be held on 24-25 March 2020 at Bundaberg Multiplex Sport and Convention Centre.

Next Gen is holding this year’s conference in the Wide Bay-Burnett to capitalise on the region’s vibrant and thriving food and fibre industries.

The conference program has been developed to encourage and support younger participants into a career in agriculture, specifically in the sugar cane industry.

In recognition that many sugar producers also grow horticulture and grain crops, conference organisers are encouraging young primary producers from other industries to attend.

Growcom is pleased to support the initiative and will exhibit resources specific to horticulture to give growers insight into cross-industry R&D information and innovation. 

Growcom Hort360 BMP Facilitator, Michelle Haase said she is looking forward to meeting fellow industry delegates.

“I’m excited the sugar industry is coordinating this event specifically for their young producers,” she said.

“As your Growcom representative, I will be on-hand to provide resources and advice specific to those producers that additionally grow horticulture crops.”

Michelle said there will be take-home material available for farmers wanting to learn more about Growcom’s programs including Hort360, the best management practice program for horticulture. 

“We encourage all horticulture growers to become involved in Hort360 and to take advantage of the free resources that are available through the computer based, risk assessment tool,” she said.

“Hort360 assists growers to identify potential risks, capitalise on business opportunities and highlight unnecessary farm expenses. It is a whole of farm business approach.

“I will walk growers though the Hort360 platform to demonstrate how it can benefit their approach to best management practice.”

Michelle said the Growcom exhibit will also showcase other resources including a Natural Disaster Toolkit to assist in natural disaster preparedness and resilience, and information on Fair Farms, an industry-led initiative fostering fair and responsible employment practices in horticulture.

The theme of the Case IH StepUP! Conference will be centered on future proofing a farm. The program is set to address topics such as precision farming, agricultural engineering and technology, innovation, research and development, best farming practice, sugar marketing, succession planning and financial products and planning.

Registrations and sponsorship opportunities are now open. For further information visit www.nextgenstepup.com