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Forum Calls for Exhibitors to Help Plant the Seed

The Burdekin Council’s inaugural Farming in Focus Forum will celebrate North Queensland’s primary producers at the Ayr Showgrounds on Friday 27 May, with stallholder applications now open.

Presented in collaboration with QSL and Townsville Enterprise, the Farming in Focus Forum is targeting those in the agricultural industry who are interested in exploring new opportunities in the sector, with prospective exhibitors ranging from grower groups to manufacturers and sales representatives for agricultural products.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin says the exhibit is designed to connect North Queensland producers with local organisations to provide essential industry information and further support.

“Primary producers across North Queensland are resilient and innovative, and the Farming in Focus Forum is a fantastic opportunity for them to not only meet other growers, but businesses and organisations they may not have known about or considered reaching out to,” says Cr McLaughlin.

“Stalls will be bumped in on Thursday 26 May and should be manned over breaks on the day of the Forum, with exhibitors encouraged to register to attend the presentations on the day. There are opportunities for both indoor and outdoor stalls depending on what is required.”
The forum will also feature presentations from key regional stakeholders, including Townsville Enterprise, the Port of Townsville, the Department of Agricultural and Fisheries and the Queensland Government Land Restoration, each of whom will discuss diversification opportunities, supply chain information, carbon farming opportunities and plans for the sectors growth.
“The Farming in Focus Forum is a celebration of the agriculture industry not just in the Burdekin, but in the wider North Queensland region, and Council looks forward to welcoming locals and visitors alike to the inaugural forum.” 

Registrations to host an exhibit is open until Friday 20 May. For more information or to register, visit

Georgie Desailly

Georgie Desailly

Georgie is BDmag’s resident writer who is passionate about entrepreneurship, sustainability and regional affairs. She is preparing to study with The School of The New York Times later this year before commencing her journalism qualifications.