Congratulations to 2017 Australian Grain Farm Leaders Program graduates

GrainGrowers CEO Dr Michael Southan last night congratulated the nine new graduates of the Australian Grain Farmers Leadership program, at a dinner function in Perth.

They are:

Jasmyn Allen, Yuna, WA

Project - advocating a tailored on-farm human resources management program for grains farms.

Jasmyn farms with her husband and three children one hour north east of Geraldton. She has developed a strong understanding of current employment practice in both family and corporate farming businesses and identified areas for improvement e.g. in induction programs. She is driven by a desire to create safe, productive and profitable workplaces that take care of employees. She is keen to see a whole-of-grains industry initiative to continue her work.

Callum Wesley, Southern Cross, WA

Project - establishing a future enterprise plan with potential diversification.

Callum farms in partnership with his father and uncle on an enterprise which is 50 per cent cropping and 50 per cent grazing. He has made a commitment to the future of the family farming business, identifying the strengths of all in the business and how to work to these strengths to gain the best outcomes for himself and other family members.

Matt Rigby, Kojunup, WA

Project - developing research relationships and facilitating seed variety and fertiliser field trials on farm.

Matt originally hails from Victoria and is currently Manager of a family mixed cropping enterprise. He is an active member of the Southern Dirt Young Farmers Group. He is committed to understanding and developing his own pathways to farm manager/enterprise owner. He is developing pasture manipulation and grazing/spraying pressure techniques to lessen the farm weed burden. He has also conducted variety trials of clover, turnip, forage barley, oats and some grasses. He has developed relationships with Heritage Seeds, Landmark and Elders to be partners in these trials and is in the process of setting up ongoing trials for next year with salt tolerant legumes.

Darcy Gorman, Melbourne, Vic

Project - investigating the drivers for better staff management in farm enterprises including a survey of more than 100 farmers.

Darcy grew up on the family farm 20 km east of Euston in southern New South Wales. After completing a Bachelor of Agricultural Science at University of Melbourne, he began a career in corporate agriculture and is now Operations Manager with Warakirri Cropping. Darcy is committed to implementing positive staff management strategies that result in enhanced employee satisfaction.

Robert Terry, Dairy Plains, Tas

Project – instigating the development of the Australian Wheat Record.

Rob farms with his wife and two children at Dairy Plains and has been involved in the grains industry for more than 16 years. He is keen to drive further efficiencies in wheat production and network with leading growers to develop best practice. He has instigated the development of the Australian Wheat Record.

Oscar Pearse, Moree, NSW

Project - proactively raising awareness of the importance of biodiversity and native vegetation laws and what they mean for farm enterprises.

Oscar farms at Moree in northern NSW, with his wife and three children. After completing a Bachelor of Agribusiness at the University of New England, Oscar developed a career in policy before moving back home in 2010. He has been an active Member of the NSW Farmers Association’s Conservation and Resource Management Committee and Native Vegetation Taskforce since 2011. Oscar has supported NSW Farmers and Local Land Services to make legislation more practical and to fit modern cropping practices. He has developed a draft Case Study Farm Biodiversity Plan using his own business as a model and is keen to continue to work with local farmers and government agencies as new legislation is implemented.

Rob Allen, Temora, NSW

Project - establishing on-farm trials in partnership with NSW Department of Primary Industries to research sodicity solutions.

Rob is a partner in a family farming enterprise in Temora, NSW. He has secured resources to conduct an on-farm trial in partnership with the NSW DPI. Soil samples have been collected for plot trials and on-farm trials will commence after their completion. Rob has developed online relationships with growers from across Australia with an interest in subsoil amelioration of sodic and alkaline soils.

Rebecca Wilde, Sydney, NSW

Project - increasing capability building in the Australian grains industry.

Rebecca grew up in Dubbo NSW on a hobby farm. She completed her tertiary studies at University of Wollongong and in 2015 took up the role of Events Coordinator at GrainGrowers. She coordinates and manages events and programs including Innovation Generation, Australian Universities Crops Competition and the Australian Grain Farm Leaders Program. She is an advocate for capability building in the Australian grains industry.

Jordan Anderson, Theodore, Qld

Project - campaigning for greater awareness of issues and practical solutions for oversize machinery movements in Queensland and at a national level.

Jordan is a co-director of the family farm and is the Central Queensland Grains Director for AgForce Queensland. Working with the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads (QDTMR), Jordan has seen five key issues come to the table. While there have been some wins, there is still work to be done. In the near future, Jordan will be involved in a round table discussion with the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator, the QDTMR and industry groups to discuss a new national harmonisation of regulations, prior to the feedback cut-off date in 2017.

Dr Michael Southan wished the graduates every success in their future leadership endeavours in the Australian grains industry.

The Australian Grain Farm Leaders Program will celebrate 10 years of operation next year. GrainGrowers' national leadership program is designed specifically for emerging leaders in the Australian grains industry. It has to date had more than 100 graduates from throughout Australia. Graduates have gone on to take up numerous leadership roles in the grains industry, including adding value on Boards and policy committees, hosting industry visits on-farm and mentoring participants through the AGFLP program.

Past graduates include Brett Hosking, Vice President of the Victorian Farmers Federation and GrainGrowers Board Member; Richard Rice, Cameron Parker and Emma Thomas, members of GrainGrowers' National Policy Group; Nuffield Scholars, Andrew Freeth, Jonathan Dyer, Luke Bradley, and Boyd Carter (2018 intake); and Prof. Chris Blanchard, Board Director, Grains Research and Development Corporation and Director, Industrial Transformation Training Centre for Functional Grains, Graham Centre, Charles Sturt University.

The 2018 program is open not only to grain farmers but to sponsored individuals who work in any sector of the Australian grains industry supply chain.

For more information please visit: http://www.graingrowers.com.au/education-events/australian-grain-farm-leaders-program

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