Bordertown grower Edward ‘Ted’ Langley has been appointed as the newest trustee of the South Australian Grain Industry Trust.
Mr Langley runs his family property at Bordertown with his brother Bill, growing beans, canola and wheat in a zero-till, CTF system, in conjunction with a sheep flock managed to produce mostly prime lamb and wool.
He has been a board member and treasurer of the SA No-Till Farmers Association and a member of the Tatiara District Council and involved with the Wolseley Ag Bureau and MacKillop Farm Management Group.
He says he applied to become a trustee to be part of the decision-making process in how growers’ levy money is used for South Australian research and development and to ensure they are invested wisely to generate on-farm dollar returns.
“There are some issues that will be a focus of national R&D but other issues are more relevant to SA so it is important that SAGIT continues to pick up on those issues and invest locally to benefit SA growers,” he said.
“On my own property, we have benefited from R&D into soil health, we are passionate about soil improvement and have achieved so much through advances in retention of stubble residues in a continuous cropping rotation. The work done in soil health 20-30 years ago was great but it needs revisiting now as we adapt to the impacts of climate change.”
SAGIT Chairman Michael Treloar says the changes to the deed allowed for another Group A trustee to come on board and through a competitive selection process, Mr Langley nominated and was selected.
“As a farmer in the state’s South East, Ted represents an important part of the state,” he said. “It’s good to have coverage from across the state geographically, but importantly, he brings experience through his work with groups such as SANTFA and MacKillop Farm Management Group. Ted’s experience and knowledge of research and the industry makes him a great fit and an ideal trustee.”
GPSA Chairman Garry Hansen said SAGIT continues to play a vital role in state-specific research, development and extension to South Australian growers.
“There is no other state-funded research body like SAGIT in Australia. Last year, it invested $2.1 million in supporting research crucial to advancing the grain industry here in SA so growers should be commended on their commitment,” he said.
Ted Langley, Trustee, SAGIT, 0407 398 165.
Michael Treloar, Chairman, SAGIT, 0427 765 034.
Garry Hansen, Chairman, Grain Producers SA, 0427 390 626.