The University of Southern Queensland’s (USQ) commitment to leading research for profitable agricultural enterprises was reinforced when it hosted Australia’s first regional visit from the Australia-ASEAN Council (AAC). ASEAN Heads of Mission visited the Toowoomba Campus.
USQ’s Professor Alice Woodhead, a member on the AAC Board, is a strong advocate for prioritising rural issues.
USQ is an international research leader in agriculture, agribusiness, engineering and environmental science working with industry to understand problems facing the sector and collaboratively developing new ideas and technologies.
ASEAN Heads of Mission have come to Toowoomba visiting the USQ Campus to understand our regional issues and see first-hand how USQ researchers are working directly with industry to help grow agricultural businesses and value-add to the sector.
USQ has an important role to identify the main trade and economic agricultural issues capitalising on the growing world food demand, particularly in Asia.
Their research is looking at methods from developing new crop varieties, to smart sensors and robotic farm machinery that will ensure that primary producers meet changing global demands.
The AAC Toowoomba visit will help form discussions around trade and agriculture at the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit in Sydney early next year.