Innovation and success in the Bundaberg Region sugarcane industry will be showcased at the Case IH Step UP! conference in Bundaberg next month.
Sugarcane industry representatives will gather to discuss the latest innovations, technology and research to help cane farmers maximise their opportunities for ongoing success into the future.
The Case IH Step UP! Conference will be held in Bundaberg from February 9 to 10, 2021, with a line-up of guest speakers and field trips for participants.
The conference will culminate in a gala dinner at the Kalki Moon Distillery.
The conference is usually held every two years and was scheduled for March 2020, but had to be postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions.
It will be the fourth time the conference has been staged, and Case IH has been the major naming sponsor since the inaugural event in 2013.
Case IH product manager Andrew Kissel will be one of the conference guest speakers, outlining developments and ongoing advances in farm machinery technology.
“Sugar is the second largest export crop in Australia after wheat, and Australian producers have always been at the forefront of innovation and adoption of technologies that continue to drive the industry’s productivity,” Andrew said.
The Case IH Step UP! Conference will be held at the Multiplex.
Speakers include Anders Claassens from Southern Cross University; Andrew Chamberlin, Queensland Farmers Federation and Matthew Page from Queensland Sugar Limited.
The conference, organised by Next Gen – the industry body for young sugarcane professionals – aims to encourage and support young people into a career in the sugarcane industry.
The conference is a chance for both young and established farmers, millers, researchers and harvesting contractors, to discuss and learn about innovation, sustainability and profitability, and encourages the transfer of knowledge between generations.
“We’re proud to be so closely associated with such an important event for the sugarcane industry,” Case IH general manager for Australia and New Zealand, Peter McCann said.
“It’s a great initiative from Next Gen, bringing together farmers from across the nation’s sugar-growing regions to discuss a range of topics related to the ongoing success, development and evolution of Australia’s cane farming operations.”