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Ballarat will host Australia’s largest gathering of agronomists for the Australian Agronomy Conference.

The Agronomy Society of Australia has drawn more than 240 delegates including fourteen Agriculture Victoria staff who will be speaking at the conference.

Agriculture Victoria’s Dr Angela Clough said the calibre of speakers and the opportunity to network with agronomists from around the state, interstate as well as international visitors reflected the status of the conference.

“More than 150 delegates are from interstate or overseas giving attendees a fantastic opportunity to build relationships with some of the best minds in agriculture,” Dr Clough said.

“We are delighted to be involved with what is regarded as one of the premier agronomic events on the calendar.”

“The conference is for leading agronomists and agricultural scientists.”

International speakers have been drawn from across the world including the United States, Canada and New Zealand, including Dr Tom Jensen, the director of International Plant Nutrition Institute for North America.

Agriculture Victoria speakers include Dr Mary-Jane Rogers who will speak about strategies to enhance perennial ryegrass persistence over summer.

Other Agriculture Victoria speakers will include Dr Garry O’Leary who will talk about nitrogen in wheat and Dr Kristen Barlow who will present on crop modelling.

The Australian Agronomy Conference will run from September 24 until September 28 2017 at the Mercure Ballarat Hotel and Convention Centre with the theme of “Doing more with less”.

Source: Agriculture Victoria

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