BRENDON CANT brendon at iinet.net.au
Wed Jan 23 01:52:57 CET 2008


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DAFWA’s annual GRDC-supported Agribusiness Crop Updates for agricultural
advisors will be held mid-February at Perth’s Burswood Convention Centre.


Fittingly, in a time of great concern about climate change and the economic
impact that will have, two keynote speakers will address these issues under
the banner of ‘Riding out the turbulence.’


Keynote addresses provide a ‘helicopter’ view of major issues affecting the
agricultural industry.


Dr Tim Wheeler, Reader in Crop Science at the Walker Institute for Climate
System Research, University of Reading, UK will speak on the potential
impact of climate change on North American and Black Sea wheat production.


Dr Wheeler’s research has been cited in all of the major international
climate reviews of the last decade.


These include the 2nd, 3rd and 4th assessments of the Intergovernmental
Panel on Climate Change, the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change
and the World Bank Development Review, 2008.


Saul Eslake, Chief Economist with the ANZ Bank, will address global
financial market turbulence and the potential impact on the Australian
grains industry.


Agribusiness Crop Updates are a vital link in the communication chain for
relaying relevant research outcomes to agribusiness advisors who, in turn,
will disseminate that information to growers.


Research presented at the Conference is to have been developed or finalised
in the current growing season, so there is potential for applying new
practices or information in the 2008 growing season.


Where possible, the papers presented will include the economic impact on
farm profitability. This includes the value of inputs and returns on
capital, time taken to achieve gains and the opportunity cost of applying a
new practice or technology.


Ways of measuring enhanced productivity or sustainability, as well as
managing risk, will also be discussed.


The Crop Doctor is GRDC Managing Director, Peter Reading, Tel 02 6166 4500

GRDC REF: CDJan082.doc/McCue

Brendon Cant & Associates
Public Relations & Marketing 
Suite 5
4 Gugeri St
Claremont WA 6010
Tel 08 9384 1122


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