By Growcom CEO, Stephen Barnard

The major event on everyone’s lips this week will most likely be Beef 2021. A regular fixture in the agricultural industry calendar, Beef Australia’s week-long program focuses on all facets of the beef sector and includes cattle competitions, symposiums, property tours, cooking and butchery demonstrations, live entertainment and beef cooked every which way.

While there is no denying the contribution the beef industry has to the Queensland economy it’s important to also recognise the contribution offered by other industries including the often-overshadowed horticulture industry.

With a forecasted gross value of production in excess of $2.9 billion, horticulture is Queensland’s second biggest and fastest growing agricultural sector. A substantial proportion of Australia’s total banana, pineapple, mandarin, avocado, mango, fresh tomato, capsicum, and zucchini production is supplied from Queensland. In 2018/19 Queensland grew 32% of the nation’s fruit and nuts, 30% of the nation’s vegetables, and exported over 16% of all fruits and vegetables produced. 

With all that said and done, another prominent event that should also be on industry’s lips is the largest horticultural event in the Southern Hemisphere – Hort Connections which will be coming back to Brisbane this June.

Growcom is once again proud to support Hort Connections as an Industry Partner and looks forward to networking with growers and industry alike at this preeminent event. You can find us in the trade show area at booth 233, 234.

As part of the Hort Connections line-up Growcom will also be hosting two events on Tuesday 8 June – The Queensland Horticulture Export Congress and Queensland Horticulture Export Dinner.

Queensland horticulture growers and wider supply chain members are invited to attend both events as we explore current trends, key challenges, and upcoming opportunities as well as celebrate individuals and businesses who had achieved success in the export sector.

To register your attendance at the Queensland Horticulture Export Congress, visit  

To secure your ticket to the­ Queensland Horticulture Export Dinner, visit