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Registrations are OPEN for the 2018 GROWING SA conference hosted by Grain Producers SA and Livestock SA.
Set for Friday 14 September 2018 at the Adelaide Hills Convention Centre, Hahndorf, the conference has attracted a top line-up of speakers on the themes of farm business competitiveness, profitability and growth, including:
  • Hon Tim Whetstone MP, Minister for Primary Industries
  • Dr Stuart Smyth, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
  • Wes Lefroy, Rabobank Agricultural Analyst
  • Lisa Sharp, Meat & Livestock Australia
  • Simon Vogt, Rural Directions
  • Andrew Whitelaw, Mecardo
  • Sydney Lawrie, WoolPoll 2018
The conference aims to keep producers updated on policy and farm business advice and enable producers, industry service providers, stakeholders, politicians and policy-makers from across SA to engage in two-way dialogue regarding policy issues and to network.

It will also feature a panel session with four of the grain and livestock industries’ brightest stars on the future policy settings required for growth, the relevance of advocacy bodies and growing our rural and regional communities as the vital support network to farming businesses.

An industry breakfast sponsored by Rural Business Support will be held prior to GROWING SA while a networking hour sponsored by Viterra will close out the day's proceedings
Profit drivers in livestock businesses 
Simon Vogt 
Rural Directions Consultant

With wool prices at all-time highs and strong lamb prices, it’s a prime opportunity for growth in your livestock enterprise. Rural Directions’ Simon Vogt will outline the profit drivers of livestock businesses through the findings of a national Meat & Livestock Australia project and to understand through benchmarking data how the top 20% of producers generate greater profits.

To read more about Simon click here
International, interstate guests to provide GM perspective at Growing SA
The grains side of GROWING SA 2018 will have a strong focus on exploring how genetically modified crops can fit into South Australian production systems, in advance of the independent review of the moratorium to be conducted later this year.
Delegates at this years conference will have the opportunity to hear from Dr Stuart Smyth, University of Saskatchewan as well as Victorian grower Andrew Weidemann, Rupanyup, who was the first grower in Australia to trial GM canola on his property.

To read more about Stuart and Andrew see below and to also look at the media release click here.
Dr Stuart Smyth
University of Saskatchewan, Canada

Agricultural science and innovation – including genetically modified crops – are making crop production world-wide more sustainable. Thanks to the Agricultural Biotechnology Council of Australia, South Australian growers can learn from the Canadian experience first-hand as global crop biotechnology expert Dr Stuart Smyth outlines how GM crops have revolutionised the production systems and marketing options of one of our international competitors.

Dr Stuart Smyth is brought to you by the Agricultural Biotechnology Council of Australia
Andrew Weidemann
Victorian Grain Grower

As a grower of premium barley in Victoria, Andrew Weidemann describes his own personal experience growing GM crops, the benefits he has seen in his farming system and how co-existence is achievable.

With thanks to our Sponsors & Exhibtiors
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