The Ag Excellence Alliance was established in 2005 to help increase the viability of South Australian farmers through providing leadership and effective linkages between grower groups and key stakeholders.
The Alliance holds an annual forum, with the intention of bringing together grower groups and stakeholders to network, share information and form future partnerships.
7 April 2016
8 April 2016
Ag Excellence Alliance: Kerry Stockman
This annual forum provides the only opportunity for grower group representatives and other key stakeholders to network, share information and form future partnerships.
A two-day forum was held including 27 guest speakers and an awards dinner.
The core objectives of the project were to determine:
In the field
Day one featured guest speakers:
|Tim Hermann||Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR)|
|Eliza Rieger||Natural Resources SA Murray Darling Basin (SAMDBNRM)|
|Nicole Bennett||Natural Resources Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges (AMLR NRM)|
|Mark Stanley||Regional Connections|
|Thea Birss||Mellor Olsson|
|Paul Daniel||Ag in Compliance|
|David Evans||Grain Growers Ltd|
|Harm van Rees||Cropfacts|
Day two featured grower group guest speakers:
Grower Group Guest Speaker
|Ruth Sommerville||Upper North Farming Systems (UNFS)|
|Linden Masters||Eyre Peninsula Agricultural Research Foundation (EPARF)|
|Judith McArthur||Agriculture Kangaroo Island (AGKI)|
|Madeline Mole||Mallee Sustainable Farming (MSF)|
|Krysteen McElroy||MacKillop Farm Management Group (MFMG)|
|Jeff Braun||Mid North High Rainfall Zone (MNHRZ)|
|Helen Lamont||Lower Eyre Agricultural Development Association(LEADA)|
|Nicole Dimos||Society of Precision Agriculture Australia (SPAA)|
|Leighton Pearce||SA No-Till Farmers Association (SANTFA)|
|Kim Blenkiron||Partners in Grain (PinG)|
|Kristin McEvoy||Yorke Peninsula Alkaline Soils Group (YPASG)|
|Brett Nietschke||Barossa Improved Grazing Group (BIGG)|
|Leet Wilksch||Northern Sustainable Soils (NSS) and|
|Sarah Noack||Hart Field-Site Group|
|Andrew Kitto||Advisory Board of Agriculture (ABA)|
Day two featured guest speakers:
|Dale Grey||Agriculture Victoria|
|Stephen Loss||Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC)|
|Stephen Lee||Blueprint Manager, Adelaide University|
|Neville Crooke (The Awards dinner featured guest speaker)||Swarmfarm Robotics|
The Hart Field-Site Group won the PIRSA grower group award, and the Society of Precision Agriculture Australia (SPAA) won the AGBYTE Encouragement Award.
All participants indicated in the post-evaluation survey they intend to attend the forum in the future.
Participants reported the most valuable session on day one was the importance of work health and safety, with 60 per cent rating it ‘very valuable’.
Grower group presentations on day two were rated as 4 out of 5 for providing ‘interesting and relevant information’, with no respondents scoring lower than 3 out of 5.
Sessions on day two were rated as valuable, with less than 10 per cent of respondents rating any session as 2 out of 5 or less. The most valued session was ‘Simplifying Climate Change’ by Dale Grey, and the most valued grower group sessions were ‘Volunteer Reliance’ and ‘Beyond Survival’.
On average half the information provided on day two was new to participants.