2019 National Fodder Conference

29th - 31st July, 2018
Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley
New South Wales

Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley


Our Place

The Australian Fodder Industry Association (AFIA) is proud to present the 2019 National Fodder Conference taking place from July 29 - 31 at the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, New South Wales. In 2019 we will be pursuing the theme ‘Our Place’, which evokes connectivity of people and the land. This theme pays homage to our most popular conference session, which is termed Our Place, in which local growers of the chosen location are invited to share their experiences farming the land. Considering the drought, we wish to celebrate and support our producers, particularly those in New South Wales and emphasise those who are adapting, creating and championing positive change in the industry.

AFIA is currently working on the Pre-Conference Tour, Members Workshops and Conference Speaker Program, which will released as available. We hope you will be joining us in the picturesque Hunter Valley.


Located only two hours from Sydney and 50 minutes by car from Newcastle, the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley resort is nestled in the heart of the picturesque and renowned wine region of New South Wales. We’re delighted to be hosting the National Fodder Conference at the Crowne Plaza with state of the art conference facilities for our members to come together and develop their skills and networks amongst inspiring and expansive countryside. Unwind and be pampered at the onsite spa, perfect your swing on the 18-hole golf course, go for a swim in the outdoor heated pool, enjoy a game of tennis or basketball and indulge in renowned local wines, award-winning brewery and gourmet produce at our onsite restaurants and bars.

AFIA has negotiated special rates for our delegates at the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley NSW.  We would encourage you to book early as once the allocated AFIA Conference rooms are taken, other rooms can only be booked subject to availability. See the link below to secure your accommodation.

To access the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley conference rate, click here.

For further enquiries, please contact Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley directly by phone (02) 4991 0000, and quote 'AFIA Conference'


Pre-Conference Tour - Hunter Valley

The 2019 AFIA Pre-Conference Tour will be held locally in the Hunter Valley region from Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July. The itinerary will include multiple farm tours, presentations from farmers and agronomists, local produce and cellar door tastings, visits to national parks and wildlife experiences, and plenty of opportunity to socialise over dinner and learn and share with your peers. Places will be strictly limited (and sold out in 2018) so we advice members to return registration forms back promptly. Registration details will be sent with conference registration packs in the mail in April 2019.

Conference Sponsorship

The National Fodder Conference is the primary event of the year for fodder industry members and professionals. AFIA has a range of sponsorship packages to suit your needs as well as the opportunity to purchase a trade display. If your organisation has a focus in the Australian fodder industry, sponsorship can:

• Increase your brand awareness through positive exposure
• Strengthen your relationships in the fodder industry
• Market your brand to a tailored audience of fodder industry professionals
• Gain direct customer feedback from some of the biggest hay and silage professionals in the industry

Our 2019 Sponsorship Prospectus will be available in early 2019.

For sponsorship and conference support please contact:

Pru Edmonds
Office and Events Manager
Australian Fodder Industry Association
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