SOME of the brightest brains working in agriculture and resources have met in Adelaide this week for the 62nd Annual Conference of the Australasian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.
The conference theme is Abundance in an Era of Scarcity? Challenges and Opportunities for Australasian Agriculture, Environment, Food, Resources and Agribusiness, and it aims to progress key issues for the agricultural, environmental, food and resource sectors.
There are about 420 people registered, predominantly economists and academics from throughout the world.
Among the topics up for discussion across the four day session are changes in retail markets, the challenges of electricity market design as we transition to renewable energy, the future of energy in Australia, the globalisation of wine and future prospects for Australian wine market, implications for Australian farm policy with the resurrected TPP, renegotiated NAFTA and Brexit and lessons and opportunities for Australia in food and agriculture tourism.