Best and brightest share the know-how at ABARES

IN THE KNOW: Jeff Sabburg and Gary Allan at Regional Outlook Conference.
IN THE KNOW: Jeff Sabburg and Gary Allan at Regional Outlook Conference. Nev Madsen

HUNDREDS of the region's best and brightest from Australia's agricultural industries gathered in Toowoomba to discuss key issues facing the sector.

The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences Regional Outlook conference was held in conjunction with the Nuffield Australia Spring Tour at the Burke and Wills Hotel last week.

A number of speakers discussed topics including the global economy, expanding agricultural productivity and agriculture and energy.

"It's a chance to talk to local farmers, those in agribusiness and stakeholders and get feedback on resource programs and commodity markets," bureau assistant secretary and chief commodity analyst Jammie Penm said.

"It's very important to disseminate our research."

Queensland Climate service manager from the Bureau of Meteorology Jeff Sabburg was one of the guest speakers at the conference, highlighting the benefits of the bureau's Water and the Land program.

"There are a lot of good resources out there including rainfall outlooks and risk management tools," he said.

About 120 attended before a further 100 people joined the conference from the Nuffield tour.

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