First IG Local conference at Moree pulls a large crowd of farmers

Better farm management solutions and encouraging positive communications in agriculture were among topics which excited participants at the first Innovation Generation (IG) Local held in Moree yesterday [Thursday 23 February].


More than 50 eager young farmers (and more than a handful of just as enthusiastic older ones) attended the half day event held at the Moree Services Club, followed by networking at the concluding dinner.

The event was a joint initiative of representative body GrainGrowers and Future Farmers Network, a not-for-profit organization focused on building engagement amongst 18-35 year old farmers, assisted in the region by Moree Young Aggies.

“The aim was to bring the best of GrainGrowers’ annual national farming conference, Innovation Generation, to regional areas, and particularly to younger farmers,” said Michael Southan, GrainGrowers General Manager of Industry Development.

“The first event was so successful GrainGrowers is now planning several more in other regional areas, open to all ages and commodities,” said Dr Southan.

Toby Locke, Executive Officer, Future Farmers Network (FFN), said the organisation was pleased to join forces with GGL to extend the reach of IG.

“The idea of bringing the ‘best bits’ of the IG conference program to Moree was well supported by local farmers and we will be pleased to be involved again in future regional events,” Mr Locke said.

The theme of the event in Moree was Commodities Connect - appropriate for a region with such a diverse range of agricultural production including grain growing, cotton, sheepmeat and wool, cattle, pecans and olives.

Dr Southan warmly thanked the speakers for providing a relevant and topical program that cut across commodity differences, including: 

  • Toby Locke and Megan Davies (latest happenings at Future Farmers Network)
  • Andrew Earle, GRDC, Mungindi (farm management – finding solutions)
  • Kathleen Allan, Sheepmeat Council of Australia (improving ag communication)
  • Fiona Livingstone, Support Officer, SCARF, part of the NSW Farm-Link Project (the importance of good mental health), and
  • John Alexander, Jandowae grain grower (advocating the benefits of improved soil health).

 Participants also enjoyed the panel discussion and Dr Southan thanked: 

  • Zara Lowein – Gwydir Valley Irrigators Association
  • Dr Michael Grabham – NSW Department of Primary Industries
  • Andrew Earle – Mungindi, NSW
  • John Alexander – Jandowae, Qld.

The day was rounded out by a scrumptious dinner at the Moree Services Club where participants enjoyed networking and catching up with friends.
 
Dr Southan said Innovation Generation Local would not have been possible without the generosity of sponsors and thanked Nufarm, RuralBiz Training, Comm Stream Capital, Rabobank, Manildra Group, Westpac Agribusiness, Local Land Services North West (NSW Government) and McGregor Gourlay for their support.
 
Note to Editors: a range of captioned photographs from the event is available by contacting Chris Walker by email or phone below.

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