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Conference Sponsors

Northern Territory Government

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Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) 

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development is committed to ensuring that Western Australia’s primary industries and regions are key contributors to the state government’s agenda for economic growth and diversification, job creation, strong communities and better places.

The department strives to do this through its three strategic goals; to protect, grow and innovate.

Protect- To manage and provide for sustainable use of Western Australia’s natural resources and soils, in addition to protecting the state’s brand and reputation as a reliable producer of premium, clean and safe food, products and services.

Grow- To enable the primary industries sector and regions to increase international competitiveness, and to grow in value and social amenity; strengthening the key pillars of the state’s economy.

Innovate- To support a culture of scientific inquiry, innovation and adaptation across primary industries and regions in order to boost industry transformation, economic growth and employment.

For more information please visit the departments website here.

The Office of Northern Australia

The Office of Northern Australia (ONA) is driving the implementation of Australia Governements northern Australia agenda.
ONA coordinates delivery of the 2015 White Paper on Developing Northern Australia, and provides the Australian Government with policy advice and analysis on further northern initiatives.

Our North, Our Future—the first ever White Paper on Developing Northern Australia —is a vision for unlocking the north’s full potential backed by a $6 billion economic development plan. The White Paper prioritises support for:

• A Northern trade and investment gateway
• A diversified economy
•Indigenous entrepreneurs and business
• World-class infrastructure
• Investment in water infrastructure
• World leading research and innovation

 Building stronger communitites is another priority of the governement's developing northern Australia agenda. A strong north means a strong nation.

For more information please visit the website here.

Grains Research and Development Corporation 

The grains industry plays a vital role in Australia’s economy, comprising 24 percent of total agricultural exports.

The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) supports the industry through investing in research, development and extension (RD&E) to create enduring profitability for Australian grain growers.
The GRDC invests over $192 million in around 900 research, development and extension (RD&E) projects to directly benefit growers across a broad range of research areas – from molecular biology to farming systems. Within their carefully balanced portfolio is a range of investments, from long-term, high risk, ‘blue sky’ research to short-term, outcome-focused applied research at the local level. The GRDC’s investments deliver results and the aim is to continually break new ground for growers.

GRDC is working to ensure Australian grain growers have:

• better practices developed faster
• access to superior varieties that enable them to effectively compete in global markets
• new products and services (both on and off farm) to assist growers to effectively compete in global grain markets
• the awareness and capacity to optimise adoption of grains research outputs.

For more information please visit the website here.

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation

CSIRO features more than 5000 experts and our innovations contribute billions of dollars to the Australian economy each year.

We have a long history working in northern Australia, helping to inform policies and strategies for effective water, land, transport and health management.

The aim is to improve the livelihoods and economic well-being of regional communities and traditional owners while maintaining the ecological values that underpin the environment.

To better inform sustainable development in northern Australia, CSIRO has been leading and partnering in a wide range of research projects. For more information please visit the website here.

ANZ has been operating in Australia for more than 180 years and we are committed to supporting our customers in regional Australia. 

ANZ supports small business, commercial and agribusiness across regional Australia. Our team offers specialist skills and live in the communities they serve, providing an intimate knowledge of customers’ needs, their unique challenges and the financial solutions that will assist them.

We have around 500 staff nationally, supporting more than 100,000 regional business banking customers, across 25 regions.

We have a locally based management team committed to supporting the banking needs of customers in regional Australia.

We provide local traineeship opportunities for Agribusiness and Indigenous trainees.

Regional connectivity is a key differentiator for ANZ, especially for our customers wanting to do business across Australia, NZ, Asia Pacific. 

For more information please visit the website here.


Vanderfield has been serving the agricultural industry in Australia for over 50 years. If it’s quality and value you are looking for in agricultural machinery, Vanderfield has the experience, customer focus and product range to meet your needs. The long-standing partnerships we have created with some the nation’s most productive farmers and leading suppliers such as John Deere, Manitou, HINO and Howard reflects our strong commitment to meeting the machinery needs of the Agricultural market in this country.

For more information please visit the website here.

The Cooperative Research Company for Developing Northern Australia

The Cooperative Research Centre for Developing Northern Australia (CRCNA) supports industry-led research collaborations that develop new technologies, products and services which address industry problems in Northern Australia. The CRCNA  works closely with NT, WA and QLD governments; multiple agricultural and food businesses, private health providers, universities and, other research bodies, financial services companies, and regional development organisations to  deliver high impact research which will lower investment barriers and enable significant capital to flow in Northern Australia leading to :

Increased GDP
Increased investment 
Improved (supply chain) efficiencies
Create new jobs to assist population growth
Improved capabilities and wellbeing of the community

In striving to achieve its strategic objectives, the CRCNA investment mandate extends to three themes:

1. Agriculture and food
Removing barriers and improving supply and value chains for new and existing northern agricultural industries.
2. Tropical health service delivery
Identifying new models and approaches, early detection, health seeking behaviour and mental health.
3. Traditional Owner led business development
Identifying new models and approaches and building an industry ready skilled workforce in the fields of agriculture, food and/or health industries.

For more information please visit the website here and subscribe to our CRCNA updates or follow them on Twitter @CRC_NA

AgriFutures Australia

AgriFutures Australia is the new trading name for Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation (RIRDC). AgriFutures Austrlia invests in research, leadership, innovation and learning to support industries that do not have their own research and development function, new and emerging industries, and the issues that affect the whole of agriculture.

 For more information please visit the website here.

Rural Weekly

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Built upon a legacy of former companies T-Systems, Plastro, Roberts Irrigation and John Deere Water, Rivulis are leaders in drip and micro irrigation worldwide. Rivulis provide industry leading drip and micro irrigation solutions with superior channel partners to growers that want to optimize operations and output. The full line of irrigation products include control valves, fertilizer tanks, filters, hose and tubing, accessories, and emission devices. Utilising technology such as flow regulation, and automation, the wide range of high quality components from Rivulis provide the ability to precisely manage crops and drive better results.

For more information please visit the website here.

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Cotton Australia

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Hort Innovation

Hort Innovation is a not-for-profit, grower-owned Research and Development (R&D) and marketing company for Australia’s $9 billion horticulture Industry.

Hort Innovation invests more than $100 million in R&D and marketing programs annually.

Our goal is to grow the future of Australia’s fruit, vegetable, nut, plant and tree industries. Our job is to help growers increase their productivity and profitability.

For more information please visit the website here.


Landmark has been part of rural Australia for 150 years.

A leading agribusiness company, we offer merchandise, fertiliser, farm services, wool, livestock, finance, insurance and real estate.

Today, we’re Australia’s largest distributor of merchandise and fertiliser, with 2000 employees servicing 100,000 clients in our national network of around 400 locations.

Thanks to our unrivalled expertise, enduring partnerships with customers, commitment to and from our people, and involvement in local communities, we’ll continue to deliver products, services and value to our employees, customers and shareholders for a long time to come.

For more information please visit the website here.

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The NT Convention Bureau (NTCB) is the key to unlocking a successful business event in the Northern Territory (NT). Through the NTCB you will receive unparalleled personal access to the destinations, venues and facilitators of meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions in the NT. 
We can help inspire new ways of thinking for stronger, smarter business. We facilitate outstanding outcomes for our clients and help planners achieve outstanding outcomes for their delegates.

For more information please visit the website here.

Regional Development Australia Northern Territory (RDA NT) is a local not-for-profit concerned with supporting the sustainable development of the Northern Territory.We work to identify and facilitate diverse projects that contribute towards this broad objective. We use the power of partnerships, across three tiers of government, industry, and other not-for-profits, to maximise our impact.
RDA NT is led by a committee comprised of representatives from across the Territory, thereby allowing local people to develop local solutions to local issues. The Committee is supported by a small team of staff.

Animal Control Technologies (Australia) Pty Ltd (ACTA) is one of Australia’s leading research and manufacturing
companies, specialising in the control of pest animals including foxes, wild dogs, feral pigs, rabbits and plague mice
and rats. For nearly 20 years ACTA has developed, registered and manufactured a range of world class products
and has played a key role in improved agricultural production and environmental protection.

For more information please visit the website here.

NBN Co (nbn) was established in 2009 to design, build and operate Australia’s new high-speed, wholesale local access broadband network. Underpinned by a purpose to connect Australia and bridge the digital divide, nbn’s key objective is to ensure all Australians have access to fast broadband as soon as possible, at affordable prices, and at least cost.

For more information please visit the website here.

The Plantsmith is a highly automated purpose built wholesale nursery supplying seedlings, potted colour, herbs and landscaping plants throughout the Northern Territory and northern Western Australia.

Based at Howard Springs 25 kilometres south of Darwin, the nursery employs nine staff and is NIASA and EcoHort accredited.
Perhaps unique in Australia, our entire range is produced without the use of herbicides and insecticides (except organically certified).
We have strong brand recognition through our point of sale marketing which also emphasise that our plants are grown locally and are pesticide free

For more information please visit the website here.