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Agriculture Victoria Research, a division of Agriculture Victoria, delivers innovation for economic growth in the agriculture sector through leading science and strong science capacity.

Agriculture is a key driver of the Victorian economy, generating wealth and employment that underpins regional prosperity. Agriculture Victoria Research delivers science and technology for transformational impact on productivity in major agriculture industries, and protects industries and access to markets through biosecurity innovation. Agriculture Victoria Research uses a modern, multi-disciplinary, systems biology approach, and collaborates strategically with academia and industry in Australia and internationally. Science is delivered at a network of world-class research facilities centred around the AgriBio Centre for AgriBioscience in Bundoora, Victoria, highly connected with key regional research facilities as innovation clusters.

Incitec Pivot Fertilisers is a key supplier of Australia’s soil health and nutrition needs, helping farmers maximise productivity to remain competitive in global markets. We partner with local distributors to provide farmers with an extensive distribution capability, exceptional customer service, innovative and high quality fertilisers and agronomic services.

Nutrient Advantage is a major provider of soil, plant and water analytical services in Australia. This assists advisors to identify the most cost effective nutrient solution to help growers optimise their productivity.  It encompasses a range of key services and functions specific to meeting the needs of customers and growers in Australian agriculture and horticulture.

Silver Sponsor

Silver Sponsor

The International Plant Nutrition Institute is a not-for-profit, science based organisation established from the Potash and Phosphate Institute in 2007. It is dedicated to the responsible management of plant nutrients for the benefit of the human family.
IPNI partners with respected institutions across the globe to support agronomic research, education, demonstrations and training in all aspects of plant nutrition.
IPNI is supported by its member companies which are international producers of the major plants nutrients and national industry organisations.
At the 2017 Agronomy Society meeting, IPNI is pleased to host the GRDC Crop Nutrition Community of Practice (
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Est. 1972

Valley Seeds specialises in breeding improved pasture and forage species in Australia.  Our research and development model has delivered varieties with improved performance, persistence and versatility for use in a range of conditions.

This model has delivered highly desirable attributes which include improved heat tolerance, drought tolerance and high performance in soils with marginal fertility. These qualities have resulted in Valley Seeds current product range being sort after both domestically and internationally.

Valley Seeds works with Australian seed growers to produce high qualityAustralian grown products with superior genetic traits achieving improved productivity.

Bronze Sponsor

Welcome Reception Sponsor

The AW Howard Memorial Trust was established by the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science in 1964 to recognise the work of Amos William Howard in encouraging the use of subterranean clover in Australia’s pastures and cereal rotations. The Trust promotes research and investigation into the development, management and use of pastures. It awards the Howard Medal. It supports travel grants to attend conferences, provides fellowship stipends for students holding Australian Post-graduate Awards or similar, sponsors travel study grants for advisers and pastoralists and supports grants-in-aid. The Trust has awarded more than 300 grants since 1967.

2017 AW Howard Memorial Trust Recipient
Dr Mike Ewing

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Visit Ballarat is the peak tourism body for the Ballarat region. A member-based tourism investment business, it is governed by an industry appointed, skills-based Board of Directors.

The primary role of Visit Ballarat is the proactive marketing and promotion of the Ballarat region and its members as an irresistible tourism destination of choice. Visit Ballarat also facilitates tourism product and industry development, including the attraction and facilitation of tourism and business events.

Field Trip Sponsors

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Field Trip 1 – Creative Solutions

Elders has played a key role in rural Australia for over 177 years. As a leading agribusiness, Elders is committed to providing solutions to meet the needs of Australian producers across every aspect of their farming business. Elders’ team of productivity experts work with producers to drive the outcomes needed to maximise yield, increase productivity and ensure the sustainability of their enterprises.

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Field Trip 3 – Technology working for mixed farms

Landmark is a part of the Agrium retail business unit.

Agrium, founded in 1931 and headquartered in Calgary, Alberta is a global leader in producing, marketing, and distributing crop nutrients, crop protection products, seeds, livestock, wool and farm solutions primarily in the United States, Canada, South America, Europe, Australia, Russia and China.

Landmark has been part of rural Australia for 150 years.  Today, we are Australia’s largest rural service provider and distributor, with approximately 2000 employees across Australia servicing 100,000 clients in our national network of around 350 locations.

Our motto is “profit from our experience” whereby we constantly challenge our people to know their customer’s business in order to bring better business solutions to the farm gate.



The Australian Society of Agronomy is the professional body for agronomists in Australia. It has approximately 500 active members drawn from government, universities, research organisations and the private sector.

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David Marland Photography Southern Farming Systems Agriculture Victoria

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