Grassroots Conference Ploughs into Local Issues

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THE second ABARES Regional Outlook conference for 2011 will take place in Muswellbrook on Wednesday.

ABARES Regional Outlook conferences are held in each of the states as well as the Northern Territory each year to provide a grassroots interaction with rural communities to highlight its agricultural and resources commodity forecasts and other key issues affecting rural industries.

ABARES deputy executive director Paul Morris said with regionally based speakers complemented by ABARES presenters, each conference program was tailored to the region.

aThe Regional Outlook conferences are an essential part of our delivery of commodity forecasts and research results directly to rural and regional communities,a Mr Morris said.

aEach conference delivers thought-provoking information, from local agricultural data and innovative business practices through to the global commodity overview.

aConference delegates can hear commodity forecasts, discuss industry trends, access information and make new contacts in their community that encourage new approaches to traditional issues,a he said.

The Muswellbrook ABARES Regional Outlook conference will include four sessions tailored to the region:

Global economy a local impacts a ABARES' Paul Morris introduces national and international issues affecting the region; followed by Barry Hanstrum, Bureau of Meteorology with Weather and Climate a Looking forward, looking back. …