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Bundaberg to host national Next Gen conference

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President of Next Gen Gerard Puglisi and conference organiser Ainsley Gatley.

Bundaberg has been chosen as the site for the Next Gen Case IH Step UP! national conference in March.

The conference is aimed at encouraging young farmers, millers, harvesters and researchers to gain the skills to take the reins of their industry.

It will be held on 24-25 March at the Bundaberg Multiplex.

Gerard Puglisi, president of Next Gen, who are organising the conference, said Bundaberg was chosen to capitalise on the surrounding sugarcane farming regions.

Bundaberg is ideal location for conference

“The Bundaberg region is known for its red fertile soil and the sugarcane industry is the agricultural backbone providing an ideal location for a conference all about farming in a changing climate,” said Gerard.

“We are looking forward to hosting this conference in Bundaberg.”

This conference is ideal for younger participants from the sugar and other agricultural industries, as well as established farmers who are keen to pass on their skills and knowledge.

It will also be ideal for research and extension professionals, policy makers and agricultural suppliers.

The Next Gen program has been developed in response to a major challenge the sugar cane industry is facing regarding its main asset: the next generation.

Encouraging and supporting younger participants

The industry has identified a need to encourage and support younger participants into a career in agriculture, specifically in the sugarcane industry.

“This challenge is across all aspects of the sugar industry; farming, harvesting, extension, research and milling,” said Gerard.

“It is also important to ensure the more established participants are encouraged to transfer the wealth of their knowledge to the incoming generation.”

The theme of the Next Gen Conference will be centred around future proofing a farm.

The content of the Next Gen Conference will be progressive.

Delegates will learn about precision farming, agricultural engineering and technology, innovation, research and development, best farming practise, sugar marketing, succession planning and financial products and planning.

Registrations and sponsorship opportunities are now open. 

Anyone interested in keeping up to date can follow the Facebook page or visit the Next Gen website.

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