RASC Conference Highlights

As a prestigious agricultural conference wraps up after a successful week in Brisbane today, the economic benefits for the city are shining through.

The 26th Royal Agricultural Society of the Commonwealth (RASC) conference has been hosted by the RNA at the Royal International Convention Centre and has generated more than $2.1 million for the Brisbane economy.

More than 230 delegates from around the world have attended the conference which was addressed by Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal (Princess Anne).

It was a historic moment for the RNA hosting HRH, The Princess Royal, who attended all four days of the conference. It was also the first time the RASC conference had been held in Queensland.

While in attendance HRH, The Princess Royal interacted with local and international delegates and paid tribute to Queenslanders in the wake of the 2011 floods and the resilience of Queensland farmers during this drought.

She praised the RNA for its vision and commitment to the $2.9 billion Brisbane Showgrounds Regeneration Project and also praised Queensland’s world-class primary industries.

The RASC conference primarily looked at the future sustainability of agricultural shows and the farming sector around the world.

It attracted international and domestic key note speakers from countries including Zambia, the UK, Asia and the USA. Delegates were able to listen to and talk with experts from world-famous events like the Calgary Stampede and Iowa State Fair.

RASC speakers covered topics such as food security and the GM products debate, how to utilise social media, how to attract sponsorship and the secrets behind successful agricultural shows.