The Australian Grain Leaders Program (AGLP) is a national leadership program designed specifically for emerging leaders in the grains industry. The program develops leadership skills, knowledge and potential.
The AGLP is designed to give individuals that helping hand necessary to develop, implement and evaluate their own project. The AGLP provides the ongoing support of a trained program facilitator.
Open to people under 40 years of age working in the whole of the supply chain in the Australian grains industry, the AGLP offers participants the opportunity to:
- meet other like- minded growers;
- develop leadership knowledge and skills;
- gain an insight into the leadership pathways of established leaders and learn from inspiring speakers;
- develop a mentoring partnership with an industry leader, and
- implement a plan to achieve an Australian grain industry, enterprise or individual farm project that provides an overall benefit to the industry.
For the past 10 years, GrainGrowers has provided a 12-month Australian Grain Leaders Program for young aspiring grain leaders, consisting of face to face meetings and multiple individualised one on one phone sessions. The AGLP has been based on an integrated model of leadership knowledge, skills development, enterprise and industry engagement, and application. Throughout the program the facilitator has mentored participants through their leadership journey where they have selected and worked throughout the year on their individual projects relating to issues in the grains industry or their own businesses.
Applications for the 2020 Australian Grain Leaders Program with open in July 2019. The program runs every two years.
GrainGrowers is proud to be providing opportunities for grains industry participants to embrace the challenge of leading and driving change in the Australian grains industry.
Australian Grain Leaders Program Participants
A fourth generation grain farmer running a 4050 ha operation at Kimba, SA, Symon has worked successfully to expand the business while reducing debt. He is keen to see the grains sector generally become more focused on profit margins, examining, for example, the opportunities for alternative markets and transport options.
Nick works for grain accumulator, Davis Grain Pty Ltd on behalf of AWB. Davis Grain also accumulates grain for three GrainFlow sites within the Mid North and Yorke Peninsula of South Australia. Nick is relatively new to the grains industry but since joining has really enjoyed his role and is keen to become more involved within industry and learn more. After spending time in the United States examining the grains industry there, Nick believes Australian growers can become better at managing risk when selling grain, through offering different marketing products.
Amery has been a grain farmer for more than five years on the family farm at Northampton WA. He seeks to broaden his knowledge of the grains industry and use that knowledge to improve the farm’s efficiency and productivity while making a difference to the industry as a whole. He has experimented with super absorbent polymers on farm for greater yield and water use efficiency.
Kathryn is Executive Officer for the Mingenew Irwin Group, having previously managed a broadacre cropping property in Morawa. She is also involved in the family’s mixed cropping and sheep farm in the south of WA, providing agronomic advice when required. She seeks to continue farming in the future, either as a grain grower or in other ways that allow involvement in farming enterprises. She is keen to focus on ways to see the industry have a sustainable future.
Mitch has been a grain farmer for 13 years and is involved in operating a 8500 ha mixed farming family enterprise involving cropping, livestock and an earthmoving business on farms in Hyden and the Lake King district of Western Australia. Mitch is interested in the move to large scale expansion and how this can best be managed whilst dealing with the problems of climate variability and the day to day business.
Nick is a member of a family farming operation in Williams WA, farming 5000 ha with 80 per cent continuous cropping and the remaining pastures for livestock. Through the use of online farm decision making software, Nick has been able to assess not just the most profitable crop in any given year but the most profitable rotation. He is keen to see the use of data and related technology drive forward the grains industry to greater profitability and efficiency.
Tess is the Eyre Peninsula Representative for FREE Eyre Limited, based in Streaky Bay and specialises in grain marketing strategy and broking. Tess is keen to develop her leadership abilities through the course to benefit the 475 Eyre Peninsula farmers who are sponsoring her participation. Tess is focused on developing and executing a grower engagement strategy for FREE Eyre shareholders, and hopes to return some grassroots value to members.
Katrina is a Grower Relationship Officer at GrainGrowers in Sydney. She is undertaking the course to understand grain farmers better and the production issues experienced by farmers “at the coal face”. GrainGrowers is proud to sponsor Katrina to assist her to build her communication, engagement and leadership skills.
Veronica has worked in financial planning for more than 10 years. She and her husband Rob run the family farm at Dairy Plains in northern Tasmania. The Terrys have structured their business to service the feed needs of the local dairy industry prominent in the area and grow wheat, barley, linseed, sunflower seed, hybrid canola seed and potatoes. Veronica is investigating why agricultural investments are not easily accessible by everyday Australian investors. Veronica is also keen to look at how to utilise parts of the farm that are not conducive to grain production, either to promote biodiversity and native plants or a commercially viable crop.
Formerly a Domestic Grain Merchant with AGT Foods Australia, Millie is now working on the family farm at Jandowae where the business has been trialling canola. Millie is interested in exploring ways to ensure younger generations are given the opportunity to remain either on farm or within the industry, and how connectivity can improve traceability within the value chain to ensure Australia captures and retains overseas markets.
Henry is a farm manager in the family business in central west New South Wales. He is focused on how grain farmers can adapt with enhanced flexibility and resilience to a more variable climate in the next decade.
Graduates Archive (2008-2017)
|2017||Robert Allen||Temora||NSW||2666||Investigate sub soil amelioration of sodic and alkaline soils.|
|2017||Oscar Pearse||Moree||NSW||2400||Benchtop analysis for landscape planning in cropping lands.|
|2017||Bec Wilde||Sydney||NSW||2000||Increase efficiency in task management systems and create channels for advocacy of capability building initiatives in the grain growing industry.|
|2015||Angus Duddy||Quirindi||NSW||2343||Economic viability of the production of high yielding soft biscuit wheats under lateral irrigation systems.|
|2015||Daniel Sheridan||Purlewaugh||NSW||2657||Understanding how we can better the industry, more profitable and productive.|
|2015||Jan Stillard||Barooga||NSW||3644||Reduce the impact of fatigue on grain farmers during peak periods.|
|2014||Emma Thomas||Forbes||NSW||2871||Investigate the carbon footprint of our systems.|
|2014||Brent Morton||West Wyalong||NSW||2671||Looking at what steps other farmers have taken to get to where they are now.|
|2014||Andrew Freeth||Gilgandra||NSW||2827||Optimising on Farm Storage.|
|2014||Sam Weir||Barmedman||NSW||2668||Cost effective machinery.|
|2013||Neil Mickan||Lake Cargelligo||NSW||2672||Adopt best management practices.|
|2013||Evan Wilson||Forbes||NSW||Growing and developing new varieties.|
|2011/2012||Kurt Wilkinson||Dubbo||NSW||2830||Logistical constraints of grains grown in NSW from paddock to port.|
|2010/2011||Sam Heagney||Wagga Wagga||NSW||2650||Australian Grains Market Index – Develop and pilot an Australian Grains Market Index.|
|2010/2011||Andrew Bowman||Dunedoo||NSW||2844||BEST Trials 2011 – Identify, coordinate and evaluation 2+ BEST Trials reducing the amount of inputs that are required to maintain and increase grain production levels.|
|2010/2011||Virginia Bourke||Narromine||NSW||2831||dbc Vision Plus – Recreate the dbc SMARTsoft marketing strategy to increase relevance in Australia and enhance service delivery to customers.|
|2010/2011||Glen Smith||Wagga Wagga||NSW||2650||Ready for Management – Develop and pilot a product to support young farmers making the transition from worker to manager in their business.|
|2010/2011||Richard Rice||Parkes||NSW||2870||Communication PLUS – Develop and implement a communication plan to increase information sharing and effectiveness with staff and grain growers.|
|2010/2011||Robert Gill||Darlington Point||NSW||2706||Perennial Grains Plus – Develop a Perennial Grains Adoption Plan for implementation with Australian growers based on domestic research and overseas experience.|
|2010/2011||Amy Fay||Lyneham||ACT||2602||Grains Research Priorities – Document research prioritisation model and make recommendations for improving ways to prioritise research funds in the Australian grain industry|
|2009/2010||Garth Wickson||Coolamon||NSW||2701||Develop a Partnership Model and trial with an industry leadership group to undertake a pilot research project.|
|2009/2010||John Francis||Wagga Wagga||NSW||2650||Successful Farm Leasing Program Deliver workshops to demonstrate the factors that lead to success in farm leasing for both landlords and tenants.|
|2009/2010||Melissa Henry||Richmond||NSW||2753||Find Grains Training On-Line Develop a communication strategy for the Online Agricultural Training Services (OATS) tool.|
|2009/2010||Samuel Hermena||Ramsgate||NSW||2217||Expand Global Market Promote an innovative import/export model for pulses and fertiliser.|
|2009/2010||David Jeffries||Artarmon||NSW||2064||Australian Quality Grain Develop a nationally consistent definition of Australian quality assured grain.|
|2009/2010||Chris Blanchard||Wagga Wagga||NSW||2678||Educating Grain Scientists Implement a grain science education program for new industry entrants.|
|2009/2010||Peter Horton||Narromine||NSW||2821||Develop a strategy to support effective decision making for Gilgandra Cooperative.|
|2008/2009||Georgina Whiting||Moree||NSW||2400||GROWER ENGAGEMENT Develop an innovative model to increase grower engagement and enhance the interface between traders and growers.|
|2008/2009||James Hamilton||Narromine||nsw||2821||AGLINK Develop a business plan for farm investment brokerage service.|
|2008/2009||Daniel Cooper||Pullabooka||NSW||2810||ASIA BOUND Investigate bag and container trade opportunities into Asia.|
|2008/2009||Katrina Swift||Parkes||NSW||2870||GRAINS-TALK Investigate a national initiative which encourages younger growers / professionals to become more involved in the Australian grains industry.|
|2008/2009||Mark Swift||Parkes||NSW||2870||Influencing people – Develop leadership influence through active participation in grains industry forums, committees and groups whilst encouraging new entrants to be more proactive.|
|2008/2009||James Nalder||Coonamble||NSW||2829||Lead the implementation of the Coonamble Farming Co-operative to realise benefits for all stakeholders.|
|2017||Jordan Anderson||Theodore||QLD||4719||Campaign for greater awareness of issues and practical solutions around oversize agricultural machinerary movements in QLD, and also at a national level.|
|2016||Luke Bradley||Springsure||QLD||4722||Luke is keen to set up trials in sodic and calcareous soils with nutrient constraints to investigate the production of crops adding different fertilisers and assessing the conversion of these soils into profitable arable farmland.|
|2013||Samantha Noon||Surat||QLD||4417||improving staff productivity through education.|
|2011/2012||Jay Holland||Highfields||QLD||4352||Develop efficient procedures to help with the challenges faced with end point royalty harvest declaration.|
|2011/2012||Brendan Taylor||QLD||Explore ways of getting the agricultural sector integrated with social media for a global audience.|
|2010/2011||Christoper D Coore||Chapel Hill||QLD||4069||People, Growth + Grain 2030 – Investigate the impacts, draw insights and set projections to inform the future Australian grain industry.|
|2009/2010||Bill Hoare||Jandaryan||QLD||4403||Establish an enterprise leadership plan (integrated family and business) to remotely oversee an effective and productive team.|
|2009/2010||Chris Warrick||Toowoomba||QLD||4350||Grain Storage Research Link Create a positive communication link between researchers and farmers regarding grain storage.|
|2008/2009||Mel Taylor||Toowoomba||QLD||4350||GRAIN TRACE Develop an industry wide traceability tool for improving the quality and sale ability of Australian grain.|
|2008/2009||Arthur Gearon||Chinchilla||QLD||4413||Investigate leadership groups and roles in the Australian grains industry and establish a pathway for involvement and / or active participation.|
|2016||Simon Martin||Karoonda||SA||5307||Evaluate the profitability and sustainability of a stand-alone cropping system in a traditionally low rainfall merino sheep / grain business through the introduction of legumes.|
|2016||Tim Paschke||Waikerie||SA||5330||Raise awareness for social and mental wellbeing in farming and rural communities.|
|2013||Andrew Hall||Manoora||SA||5414||Leasing for releasing.|
|2011/2012||Chris Lawson||Urrbrae||SA||5064||Explore how best to communicate the issue of carbon emissions, carbon pricing and carbon legislation to the ag sector, particularly primary producers.|
|2011/2012||Jennifer Schofield||Balaklava||SA||5461||Development of a competitive, effective and efficient supply chain with improved information flows.|
|2010/2011||Lousie Flohr||Tailem Bend||SA||5260||Sustain Grain Certified – Investigate international sustainability accreditation systems and their implementation within the Australian grain industry.|
|2010/2011||Henry Carracher||Clare||SA||5453||Growers Engagement – Design and deliver a grower engagement program for grain accumulators.|
|2009/2010||Tom Smibert||Adelaide||SA||5081||Grain Trader Pathways Investigate and establish grain trader pathways and opportunities.|
|2009/2010||James Caracoussis||Adelaide||SA||5001||INDUSTRY PARTNERSHIP KIT Develop an Introduction to Grains Industry Kit for agribusiness personnel.|
|2009/2010||Richard Prusa||Strathalbyn||SA||5255||Facilitate the increase of pulse production in southern and western Australia by promoting the efficient growing and marketing of pulses.|
|2008/2009||James Edwards||Roseworthy||SA||5371||Lead a campaign to establish and increase production in south west WA and SA for the ethanol industry.|
|2008/2009||Tom Saint||Maitland||SA||5573||Develop a sponsorship strategy.|
|2008/2009||Josh Taylor||Vale Park||SA||5081||Establish national supply chain efficiencies within the deregulated grains industry.|
|2017||Rob Terry||Dairy Plains||TAS||7304||Drive further efficiencies in wheat production and network with leading growers to develop best practice. Rob instigated the development of the Australian Wheat Record.|
|2016||Michael Nichols||Sisters Creek||TAS||7325||Micahel wants to drive the growth of cereals production on the north west coast of the state.|
|2017||Jasmyn Allen||Yuna||WA||6532||Advocate the adoption of steamlined on-farm human resources management programs.|
|2017||Callum Wesley||Southern Cross||WA||6426||Succession planning.|
|2017||Matt Rigby||Konjonup||WA||6395||Pasture manipulation & grazing/spraying pressure techniques.|
|2016||Boyd Carter||Wubin||WA||6612||Boyd is interested in understanding better how farmers make decisions about their businesses.|
|2016||Lewis Johnstone||Williams||WA||6391||Investigate alternative methods of expanding family farm businesses covering options for both investment and management.|
|2015||Ty Fulwood||Northam||WA||6401||Transitioning from a family business into a larger organisation.|
|2014||Ryan Joyce||Hyden||WA||6359||Attracting young people into agriculture.|
|2014||Guydon Boyle||York||WA||6302||Develop the framework for a decisions making tool.|
|2013||Claire Shadbolt||Mukinbudin||WA||6479||Sustainability on our farming communities. What can be implemented to ensure we are farming for the future?|
|2013||Danielle Whitfield||Burswood||WA||6100||How to increase the effectiveness of grower representation groups.|
|2013||Shaun Wittwer||Cuballing||WA||6311||Farm grain storage combined with selling direct to the customer and value adding.|
|2011/2012||Verity Todd||Alfred Cove||WA||6154||Address how the grains industry represents itself – to those beyond.|
|2011/2012||Susan Hall||Crawley||WA||6009||Analysis of capacity building and use of networks to increase human capital in the grains industry.|
|2011/2012||Pete Rees||Welshpool||WA||6401||Investigate the role of different stakeholders, QA and environmental stewardship for Australian compliance with the EU’s renewable energy directive.|
|2011/2012||Anna Watson||Fremantle||WA||6959||Technological developments, creating efficiency and generating value.|
|2010/2011||Heidi Rodgers||North Freemantle||WA||6159||My Offers – Investigate and pilot an Online Offering System for WA growers.|
|2010/2011||Justin Bayles||Yangebup||WA||6164||Safety First – Establish and implement a Safety Transformation Plan for port facility.|
|2010/2011||Natalie Maguire||West Perth||WA||6005||Engaging Communication + Influencing Results – Develop and implement a range of communication strategies and tools that will result in positive management influence and change.|
|2009/2010||Kelly Piper||Beverley||WA||6304||Rural Youth Conference WA To establish a grains industry conference in Western Australia for rural youth.|
|2009/2010||Sheila Nair||Canning Vale||WA||6155||Develop and trial workplace mentoring program in the CBH shipping and chartering department resulting in increased workplace participation and productivity.|
|2008/2009||Royce Taylor||Lake Grace||WA||6353||Work with existing state grain leaders to identify and implement strategies to encourage involvement of the next generation.|
|2008/2009||Lauren West||Lake Grace||WA||6353||Facilitate the establishment of a regional grower group to lead key research into new technologies, improve sustainable agricultural practices, deal with climate change and facilitate extension projects.|
|2017||Darcy Gorman||Melbourne||VIC||3004||Careers based away from the family farm – we can still be involved in the operations and strategic direction of the farm.|
|2016||Cameron Parker||Boort||VIC||3537||Cam is keen to investigate different pathways for young passionate employees to enter the grains industry in their own right.|
|2016||Jim Wakefield||Walpeup||VIC||3507||He is going to investigate and trial different communication methods and strategies for use in the collaborative partnership and integrate these into the day to day running of the business.|
|2016||Tom Hewitt||Areegra||VIC||3480||Tom is keen to investigate the real cost of production and drivers of profitability in order to benchmark his business and make evidence based decisions.|
|2015||Dale Hage||Nurcoung||VIC||3401||Water use efficiency and increasing the water holding capacity of out soils.|
|2015||Tracy Dart||Warracknabeal||VIC||3393||Financially focused, developing, managing, succession planning and reporting systems.|
|2014||Daniel Keam||Wallup||VIC||3401||Investigation chemical and fertilizer residues and how they survive in our current level of inputs.|
|2013||Tom Dunstan||Telangatuk East||VIC||3401||What makes wheat tick?|
|2013||Jonathan Dyer||Kanira||VIC||3419||Soil moisture probes installation.|
|2013||Brad McQueen||Nyrraby||VIC||3585||Feasibility of implementing an irrigation venture.|
|2011/2012||Tristan Shannon||Melbourne||VIC||3004||Investigate, plan and develop an app that allows farmers to see real time data|
|2011/2012||Brett Hosking||Quambatook||VIC||3540||Investigate peak body representation in the grains industry.|
|2010/2011||Kate Lang||Coldstream||VIC||3770||EPR Certification – Establish an EPR Certification program to promote the benefits of an End Point Royalty System within the Australian grain industry|
|2009/2010||Tim Dean||Geelong||VIC||3220||Fuel Hedging Investigate the development of a fuel hedging policy|
|2008/2009||Alistair Murdoch||Swan Hill||VIC||3585||CAREERS IN AG Investigate ways of profiling and promoting the grains industry as an exciting career choice for school and university students|
|2008/2009||Helen Richardson||Lower Norton||VIC||3401||PULSE-NET Develop a communication strategy for researchers in the Australian pulse industry to share findings, results and outcomes for the benefit of industry.|