2017 AGFLP Participants

Voices of Tomorrow

GrainGrowers 2017 Australian Grain Farm Leaders Program participants:

oscar pearse

Oscar Pearse - Moree, nsw

Oscar farms at Moree in Northern NSW with his wife on the family farm. After completing his Bachelor of Agribusiness at the University of New England, Oscar developed a career in policy before moving back to the family farm in 2010. Oscar has been a member of the NSW Farmers Association’s Conservations Resource Management Committee and Native Vegetation Taskforce since 2011 and holds a strong volunteer role within the committee.  Sustainability is one of Oscars key interests, in particular the current impacts on crop land development on biodiversity providing habitats. Oscar believes that whilst there is no one key result this is the nature of far business operation; an integrated, all-consuming multi-faceted model.  Oscar will analyse the current options for landscape planning in cropping lands within the new native vegetation laws.

rob allen

robert allen - Temora, nsw

Robert is 4th generation farmer and partner on his family property in Temora, NSW. The family business is 2900ha hectares and they crop 1300ha of wheat, 450ha canola and 200ha barley. Robert is currently the President of the Temora Agricultural Bureau, a position which he has held since 2014.  Robert is constantly identifying innovative practices to trial and implement on his family farm and throughout the business. He has recently purchased a drone in hope to gain increased information regarding poor crop vigour.  On farm Robert is always looking to ensure the family business is improving production time and business process accordingly. Robert is keen to investigate sub soil amelioration of sodic and alkaline soils. He is eager to speak to growers across his region and beyond to find the best practice.

darcy gorman

darcy gorman - melbourne, vic

Darcy grew up on a family farm 20kms east of Euston in Southern NSW. After studying an undergraduate degree in Agricultural Science Darcy moved into a role with Glencore Land Australia, a position he held for 6.5 years.  Darcy has since taken the role of Operations Manager at Warakirri Cropping in Melbourne and the opportunity has a risen to participate into the Australian Grain Farm Leaders Program. He has dedicated his entire professional career to the grains industry and hopes to use his knowledge to increase productivity on this family farm. Darcy will investigate ways for people like himself, based away from the family farm, but to still be involved in the operations and strategic direction of the farm.

rob terry

Rob Terry - dairy plains, tas

Rob farms with his wife and two children in Dairy plains, Tasmania, and has been involved in the grains industry for over 16 years. He farms 450Ha, compromising of 200 Ha of irrigation, 180 Ha of dry land and the balance in native bush. His enterprise is a mix of winter dairy cow agistment, dairy heffer agistment, winter wheat production, potatoes, spring wheat, spring barley, grass seed, linseed and spring canola. Rob enjoys being an active member of the Tasmanian grain growing community as committee member and recently Vice President of the Southern Farming Systems Group. Rob enjoys exploring the different possibilities of grain growing. He will investigate possibilities and best practices of double cropping and wide row space planting.

jasmyn allen

jasmyn allen - yuna, wa

Jasmyn farms with her husband and three children in the Northern Agri Zone of WA, one hour north east of Geraldton. Jasmyn has thrived on the professional journey agriculture has taken her, including being part of the Yuna Farm Improvement Group (YFIG).  Her role has extended to media officer for the YFIG’s project, the Canola Seeding Olympics.  Jasmyns passion involves developing the business, moving forward with agricultural technology to increase productivity and supporting her growing family. Jasmyn will explore ways to fine tune staff recruitment, employment obligations, workplace procedures and safety within her business and pass on knowledge of best practices to her local community.

jordan anderson

jordan anderson - Theodore,qld

Jordan returned to the family farm in 2015 after several years as a field service diesel fitter, servicing the mining and construction industries within Central Queensland. Jordan resides in Theodore, QLD with his wife Annie and two sons and is a  co-director of the family farm. He believes that communication is the key to breaking down barriers and helping farmers grow within the agricultural sector. Jordan has run row spacing, seed population, fertiliser rate and variety trials on his property for the last 10 years to maximise yields, he believes that for the best results trails should be implemented in your own rotational enterprise. Jordan, along with his family are also beginning to work with the deep placement of fertilisers that could potentially last between 5-7 seasons. Although this process can be costly at first, they believe the moisture loss and time savings would far out way the initial outlay. Jordan is a relatively new member of AgForce QLD and has recently stepped up to the role of CQ Grains Director. This role came about by his advocacy regarding the oversize agricultural movements, particularly in the grains industry.  Throughout the AGFL Program Jordan will develop his leadership skills to build a network for practical change within state and national government policy around sensible limits for oversize machinery. Jordan will also collaborate with manufactures to find ways to work with the farmers on these requirements.

matt rigby

matt rigby - kojonup, wa

Matt is passionate about the agricultural industry especially broad acre farming and believes in educating people about the benefits of working in the industry. He currently works on a property in Kojonup in WA.  Matt is a board member of the Southern Dirt young Farmers Network and is involved in educating/organising events for people who are and aren’t directly involved in the agricultural industry to show them how that the industry is great to be part of and a great career choice. Being part of this fast changing industry, Matt believes it essential to embrace change and innovation and to adapt as many new techniques to improve ones cropping program.  Matt will explore pasture manipulation and grazing/spraying pressure techniques to help lessen the weed burden by reducing unwanted grasses and weeds whilst improving pastures before they go into a crop rotation and also for stock benefits.

callum wesley

callum wesley - southern cross, wa

Callum wants to further his knowledge and business leadership within the agricultural industry. Involved in his fathers and uncles 50% cropping, 50% grazing farm in Southern Cross WA, Callum is a key influence in their strategic direction and focus on new technology.  He is the vice president of local Far Eastern Agricultural Research Group (FEAR) which aids in industry research. Callum was awarded the Rural Ambassador of WA by the Royal Agricultural Society of WA in 2014 and continues to represent the youth in agriculture to the general public. He believes that farmers and agriculturalists need to be well represented outside of their own industry and into the public. Callum will focus on developing the best strategies to develop a succession planning throughout the year. Further to developing a succession plan he will explore the pathways in adhering to a succession planning and implementing the plan.