Australian Grain Leaders Program

The Australian Grain Leaders Program (AGLP) is designed to help you identify your leadership style and to assist you in developing the management skills needed to overcome challenges and achieve results.

The AGLP is an ideal opportunity for people who want to embrace the challenge of leading and driving change both on a personal level and in the grains industry.

The 2021 AGLP is open to up to 10 emerging leaders in the grains industry and is best suited to people committed to the future of the Australian grains industry, who are:

  • Aged between 21 and 35 years and an Australian citizen;
  • Actively involved in the grain industry or planning to take up grain production;
  • Keen to enhance their grains industry leadership;
  • Want to develop personal and professional leadership knowledge and skills.

AGLP is a 12-month program with 3 face to face elements and multiple individualised one on one phone sessions. The AGLP is based on an integrated model of leadership knowledge, skills development, enterprise and industry engagement, and application. Throughout the program the program facilitator will mentor individuals through their leadership journey and discuss the progress of the individual’s project.

Applications close 30 September. The selection process will be undertaken by a panel, managed by GrainGrowers, who will review, shortlist and interview (phone) applicants in October 2020

Selection guidelines

Potential applicants should be guided by the following information:

  • The application form must be fully completed by the applicant.
  • The selection panel will look for applicants that have the drive and ability to grow through the AGLP experience, and can provide value back to the Australian grains industry through the practical application and implementation of their project;
  • The decision of the selection panel is final and submitted application forms remain the property of GrainGrowers;
  • Successful applicants must formally accept their position within one week of offer;
  • Applicants accepted into the AGLP must complete all components of the program to be eligible to graduate, including:
  • Attend all face to face workshops
  • One-on-one phone sessions
  • Complete their proposed industry, enterprise of individual farm project
  • The cost of the AGLP is fully subsidised by GrainGrowers for all grain farmers or those working in a farming enterprise, including travel and accommodation expenses related to face-to-face workshops.

To discuss your application prior to submission, please contact Kaitlin Commins by email or call 0412 487 860

Applications for AGLP 2021 are open

Key dates for the 2021 program are as follows:

  • Face to face 1: 2nd week of February, TBC location
  • Face to face 2: 2nd week July, TBC location
  • Face to face 3: 1st week October, TBC location

              *Please note these dates and location are subject to change, GrainGrowers will give as much notice as possible for any changes.

The current group of participants of the Australian Grain Leaders Program are shown on the map below.

Click on a state to see alumni who graduated from the AGLP

AGLP Alumni
Western AustraliaVictoriaTasmaniaNew South WalesQueenslandSouth Australia

Western Australia

YearNameCityStateP/CProject Focus
2018Nick PanizzaWilliamsWA6391The use of data and technology to drive greater profitability and efficiency
2018Mitch MoritzHydenWA6359Moving to large scale expansion while dealing with climate variability
2018Kathryn FleayMingenewWA6522Sustainable agriculture
2018Amery DrageNorthhamptonWA6535Improve farm efficiency and productivity
2017Jasmyn AllenYunaWA6532Advocate the adoption of steam-lined on-farm human resources management programs.
2017Callum WesleySouthern CrossWA6426Succession planning.
2017Matt RigbyKonjonupWA6395Pasture manipulation & grazing/spraying pressure techniques.
2016Boyd CarterWubinWA6612Boyd is interested in understanding better how farmers make decisions about their businesses.
2016Lewis JohnstoneWilliamsWA6391Investigate alternative methods of expanding family farm businesses covering options for both investment and management.
2015Ty FulwoodNorthamWA6401Transitioning from a family business into a larger organisation.
2014Ryan JoyceHydenWA6359Attracting young people into agriculture.
2014Guydon BoyleYorkWA6302Develop the framework for a decisions making tool.
2013Claire ShadboltMukinbudinWA6479Sustainability on our farming communities. What can be implemented to ensure we are farming for the future?
2013Danielle WhitfieldBurswoodWA6100How to increase the effectiveness of grower representation groups.
2013Shaun WittwerCuballingWA6311Farm grain storage combined with selling direct to the customer and value adding.
2011/2012Verity ToddAlfred CoveWA6154Address how the grains industry represents itself - to those beyond.
2011/2012Susan HallCrawleyWA6009Analysis of capacity building and use of networks to increase human capital in the grains industry.
2011/2012Pete ReesWelshpoolWA6401Investigate the role of different stakeholders, QA and environmental stewardship for Australian compliance with the EU's renewable energy directive.
2011/2012Anna WatsonFremantleWA6959Technological developments, creating efficiency and generating value.
2010/2011Heidi RodgersNorth FreemantleWA6159My Offers - Investigate and pilot an Online Offering System for WA growers.
2010/2011Justin BaylesYangebupWA6164Safety First - Establish and implement a Safety Transformation Plan for port facility.
2010/2011Natalie MaguireWest PerthWA6005Engaging Communication + Influencing Results - Develop and implement a range of communication strategies and tools that will result in positive management influence and change.
2009/2010Kelly PiperBeverleyWA6304Rural Youth Conference WA To establish a grains industry conference in Western Australia for rural youth.
2009/2010Sheila NairCanning ValeWA6155Develop and trial workplace mentoring program in the CBH shipping and chartering department resulting in increased workplace participation and productivity.
2008/2009Royce TaylorLake GraceWA6353Work with existing state grain leaders to identify and implement strategies to encourage involvement of the next generation.
2008/2009Lauren WestLake GraceWA6353Facilitate 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.


YearNameCityStateP/CProject Focus
2017Darcy GormanMelbourneVIC3004Careers based away from the family farm - we can still be involved in the operations and strategic direction of the farm.
2016Cameron ParkerBoortVIC3537Cam is keen to investigate different pathways for young passionate employees to enter the grains industry in their own right.
2016Jim WakefieldWalpeupVIC3507He 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.
2016Tom HewittAreegraVIC3480Tom is keen to investigate the real cost of production and drivers of profitability in order to benchmark his business and make evidence based decisions.
2015Dale HageNurcoungVIC3401Water use efficiency and increasing the water holding capacity of out soils.
2015Tracy DartWarracknabealVIC3393Financially focused, developing, managing, succession planning and reporting systems.
2014Daniel KeamWallupVIC3401Investigation chemical and fertilizer residues and how they survive in our current level of inputs.
2013Tom DunstanTelangatuk EastVIC3401What makes wheat tick?
2013Jonathan DyerKaniraVIC3419Soil moisture probes installation.
2013Brad McQueenNyrrabyVIC3585Feasibility of implementing an irrigation venture.
2011/2012Tristan ShannonMelbourneVIC3004Investigate, 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 3770EPR 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 3220Fuel Hedging  Investigate the development of a fuel hedging policy
2008/2009Alistair Murdoch Swan HillVIC3585CAREERS IN AG Investigate ways of profiling and promoting the grains industry as an exciting career choice for school and university students
2008/2009Helen RichardsonLower NortonVIC3401PULSE-NET Develop a communication strategy for researchers in the Australian pulse industry to share findings, results and outcomes for the benefit of industry.


YearNameCityStateP/CProject Focus
2018Veronica TerryDairy PlansTAS7304Australian agriculture and superannuation
2017Rob TerryDairy PlainsTAS7304Drive further efficiencies in wheat production and network with leading growers to develop best practice. Rob instigated the development of the Australian Wheat Record.
2016Michael NicholsSisters CreekTAS7325Michael wants to drive the growth of cereals production on the north west coast of the state.

New South Wales


YearNameCityStateP/CProject Focus
2018Katrina DicksSydneyNSW2000Gain a better understanding of grain farmers and the production issue experienced by growers
2018Henry MoxhamCoonambleNSW2829How grain farmers can adapt with enhanced flexibility and resilience to a more variable climate in the next decade.
2017Robert AllenTemoraNSW2666Investigate sub soil amelioration of sodic and alkaline soils.
2017Oscar PearseMoreeNSW2400Benchtop analysis for landscape planning in cropping lands.
2017Bec WildeSydneyNSW2000Increase efficiency in task management systems and create channels for advocacy of capability building initiatives in the grain growing industry.
2015Angus DuddyQuirindiNSW2343Economic viability of the production of high yielding soft biscuit wheats under lateral irrigation systems.
2015Daniel SheridanPurlewaughNSW2657Understanding how we can better the industry, more profitable and productive.
2015Jan StillardBaroogaNSW3644Reduce the impact of fatigue on grain farmers during peak periods.
2014Emma ThomasForbesNSW2871Investigate the carbon footprint of our systems.
2014Brent MortonWest WyalongNSW2671Looking at what steps other farmers have taken to get to where they are now.
2014Andrew FreethGilgandraNSW2827Optimising on Farm Storage.
2014Sam WeirBarmedmanNSW2668Cost effective machinery.
2013Neil MickanLake CargelligoNSW2672Adopt best management practices.
2013Evan WilsonForbesNSW 2871Growing and developing new varieties.
2011/2012Kurt WilkinsonDubboNSW2830Logistical constraints of grains grown in NSW from paddock to port.
2010/2011Sam HeagneyWagga WaggaNSW2650Australian Grains Market Index - Develop and pilot an Australian Grains Market Index.
2010/2011Andrew BowmanDunedooNSW2844BEST Trials 2011 - Identify, coordinate and evaluation 2+ BEST Trials reducing the amount of inputs that are required to maintain and increase grain production levels.
2010/2011Virginia BourkeNarromineNSW2831dbc Vision Plus - Recreate the dbc SMARTsoft marketing strategy to increase relevance in Australia and enhance service delivery to customers.
2010/2011Glen SmithWagga WaggaNSW2650Ready for Management - Develop and pilot a product to support young farmers making the transition from worker to manager in their business.
2010/2011Richard RiceParkesNSW2870Communication PLUS - Develop and implement a communication plan to increase information sharing and effectiveness with staff and grain growers.
2010/2011Robert GillDarlington PointNSW2706Perennial Grains Plus - Develop a Perennial Grains Adoption Plan for implementation with Australian growers based on domestic research and overseas experience.
2010/2011Amy FayLynehamACT2602Grains Research Priorities - Document research prioritisation model and make recommendations for improving ways to prioritise research funds in the Australian grain industry
2009/2010Garth WicksonCoolamonNSW2701Develop a Partnership Model and trial with an industry leadership group to undertake a pilot research project.
2009/2010John FrancisWagga WaggaNSW2650Successful Farm Leasing Program Deliver workshops to demonstrate the factors that lead to success in farm leasing for both landlords and tenants.
2009/2010Melissa HenryRichmondNSW2753Find Grains Training On-Line  Develop a communication strategy for the Online Agricultural Training Services (OATS) tool.
2009/2010Samuel HermenaRamsgateNSW2217Expand Global Market Promote an innovative import/export model for pulses and fertiliser.
2009/2010David JeffriesArtarmonNSW2064Australian Quality Grain Develop a nationally consistent definition of Australian quality assured grain.
2009/2010Chris BlanchardWagga WaggaNSW2678Educating Grain Scientists Implement a grain science education program for new industry entrants.
2009/2010Peter HortonNarromineNSW2821Develop a strategy to support effective decision making for Gilgandra Cooperative.
2008/2009Georgina WhitingMoreeNSW2400GROWER ENGAGEMENT Develop an innovative model to increase grower engagement and enhance the interface between traders and growers.
2008/2009James HamiltonNarromineNSW2821AGLINK Develop a business plan for farm investment brokerage service.
2008/2009Daniel CooperPullabookaNSW2810ASIA BOUND Investigate bag and container trade opportunities into Asia.
2008/2009Katrina SwiftParkesNSW2870GRAINS-TALK Investigate a national initiative which encourages younger growers / professionals to become more involved in the Australian grains industry.
2008/2009Mark SwiftParkesNSW2870Influencing people - Develop leadership influence through active participation in grains industry forums, committees and groups whilst encouraging new entrants to be more proactive.
2008/2009James NalderCoonambleNSW2829Lead the implementation of the Coonamble Farming Co-operative to realise benefits for all stakeholders.


YearNameCityStateP/CProject Focus
2018Millie BachJandowaeQLD4410Explore ways for younger generations to be given the opportunities to remain on farm or in the industry
2017Jordan AndersonTheodoreQLD4719Campaign for greater awareness of issues and practical solutions around oversize agricultural machinerary movements in QLD, and also at a national level.
2016Luke BradleySpringsureQLD4722Luke 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.
2013Samantha NoonSuratQLD4417improving staff productivity through education.
2011/2012 Jay HollandHighfieldsQLD4352Develop efficient procedures to help with the challenges faced with end point royalty harvest declaration.
2011/2012Brendan TaylorQLDExplore ways of getting the agricultural sector integrated with social media for a global audience.
2010/2011Christoper D CooreChapel HillQLD4069People, Growth + Grain 2030 - Investigate the impacts, draw insights and set projections to inform the future Australian grain industry.
2009/2010Bill HoareJandaryanQLD4403Establish an enterprise leadership plan (integrated family and business) to remotely oversee an effective and productive team.
2009/2010 Chris WarrickToowoombaQLD4350Grain Storage Research Link Create a positive communication link between researchers and farmers regarding grain storage.
2008/2009Mel TaylorToowoombaQLD4350GRAIN TRACE Develop an industry wide traceability tool for improving the quality and sale ability of Australian grain.
2008/2009Arthur GearonChinchillaQLD4413Investigate leadership groups and roles in the Australian grains industry and establish a pathway for involvement and / or active participation.

South Australia

YearNameCityStateP/CProject Focus
2018Symon AllenKimbaSA5641Examine the opportunities for alternative markets and transport
2018Nicolas DavisAdelaideSA5065Investigate more affordable insurance products for the grains industry
2018Tess WalchStreaky BaySA5680Investigating new opportunities in upcountry processing/value-adding facilities for Australian grain, legume and oil seed growers
2016Simon MartinKaroondaSA5307Evaluate the profitability and sustainability of a stand-alone cropping system in a traditionally low rainfall merino sheep / grain business through the introduction of legumes.
2016Tim PaschkeWaikerieSA5330Raise awareness for social and mental wellbeing in farming and rural communities.
2013Andrew HallManooraSA5414Leasing for releasing.
2011/2012Chris LawsonUrrbraeSA5064Explore how best to communicate the issue of carbon emissions, carbon pricing and carbon legislation to the ag sector, particularly primary producers.
2011/2012Jennifer SchofieldBalaklavaSA5461Development of a competitive, effective and efficient supply chain with improved information flows.
2010/2011Lousie FlohrTailem BendSA5260Sustain Grain Certified - Investigate international sustainability accreditation systems and their implementation within the Australian grain industry.
2010/2011Henry CarracherClareSA5453Growers Engagement - Design and deliver a grower engagement program for grain accumulators.
2009/2010Tom SmibertAdelaideSA5081Grain Trader Pathways Investigate and establish grain trader pathways and opportunities.
2009/2010James CaracoussisAdelaideSA5001INDUSTRY PARTNERSHIP KIT Develop an Introduction to Grains Industry Kit for agribusiness personnel.
2009/2010Richard PrusaStrathalbynSA5255Facilitate the increase of pulse production in southern and western Australia by promoting the efficient growing and marketing of pulses.
2008/2009James EdwardsRoseworthySA5371Lead a campaign to establish and increase production in south west WA and SA for the ethanol industry.
2008/2009Tom SaintMaitlandSA5573Develop a sponsorship strategy.
2008/2009Josh TaylorVale ParkSA5081Establish national supply chain efficiencies within the deregulated grains industry.

Below is a recording of a short Q & A session about the AGLP featuring Kaitlin Commins and alumni Cameron Parker.