26-28 March 2018


Mackay Entertainment & Convention Centre

Venue Address

Alfred Street, Mackay, QLD 4740

Speakers & Exhibitors


New Date Announced

As you will be aware, due to the path of Cyclone Debbie the Mackay Regional Council deemed it unsafe for us to host Case IH Step UP! 2017 at the Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre (MECC) on the scheduled dates.

As soon as we received the news, we immediately started to consider the best time to reconvene the event.

In order to give the impacted areas time to recover, and to ensure we steer well clear of the 2017 cane harvesting season, we can now confirm that we have booked 26th to 28th March 2018 at the MECC.

With over 200 registrations and a sold-out Trade Hall, Case IH Step UP! 2017 would have been our most attended event to date and as we were not able to host the event this year due to extenuating circumstances we expect and will make provisions for, in excess of this number in 2018.

Conference Aim

Case IH Step UP! 2017 will provide the opportunity for the young, and the young at heart, to share, learn and explore ideas with fellow industry stakeholders, including farmers, harvesters, millers and researchers.

The event theme, Transition & Innovation, will focus on ever-advancing technology, absolute world best practices and how we can ensure our industry remains a global leader as it transitions from one generation to the next.

Case IH Step UP! will also provide a chance for participants to take some time away from their everyday work to connect with other like-minded progressive industry contributors to consider the concepts that will shape the future of our great industry.

StepUP! History

2017 will mark the third biennial Step UP! conference for Next Gen and is set to be the biggest event from the team to date. With nearly 200 people from all corners of the industry expected to attend, Case IH Step UP! 2017 is sure to be both progressive and dynamic.

The inaugural event went off with a bang at SeaWorld Resort in 2013 when young farmers from across the country descended on the Gold Coast to discuss leadership and the development of their farming careers. Headline speakers included international marketing and best practice experts, flown in especially for the event, and special appearances by rugby legend John Eales and funny man Sam Kekovich.

Two years later Step UP! headed north to tropical north Queensland when the event was held in sunny Palm Cove. This time round Next Gen’s young farmers were joined by more established industry professionals from the farming, harvesting, milling and research sectors. Delegates were truly spoiled with an impressive program line-up, including the unveiling of Case IH’s revolutionary Magnum Rowtrac tractor by their north American tractor specialist Ken Ohnell.

Next Gen has been fortunate to have Case IH support Step UP! since its inception and with the team in red back on board again as partner for 2017, it’s undeniable that Case IH Step UP! 2017 will once again be one to remember.

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Conference Venue

Mackay Entertainment & Convention Centre (MECC)
Alfred St, Mackay, QLD 4740
(07) 4961 9777

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