The GROWING SA story

GROWING SA conference is a celebration of broad agriculture and its great importance to the state.
In recent years, the grain industry has recently delivered several above average harvests in a row while export demand for beef, sheepmeat and wool is at historic highs with production increasing.
According to the SA Government Food and Wine Scorecard 2016-17, one in five working South Australians is employed in the food industry. Agriculture, food and wine is worth $19.97 billion to the state.
Primary production is an engine room for the state’s economy. It is a shining light when other industries face challenges to growth. It is a multi-billion industry with exciting investment opportunities … and the projections are for continued growth as the industry prepares to supply increasing food demand in the Asia Pacific region.
The grain and livestock industries produce, and value add, a diverse range of food products and are recognised globally as produced in a clean and green environment.
Primary production is growing its share of the job market, is growing its customer and export base and is growing its economic contribution.
Day in, day out, primary production is GROWING SA.

The 2017 event

The inaugural GROWING SA conference in 2017 was a huge success. Nearly 300 people attended the event – 100 more than anticipated.
It featured a top line-up of speakers on the themes of farm business competitiveness, profitability and growth including Assistant Minister for Agriculture Anne Ruston, Australian Farm Institute’s Mick Keogh, agricultural investment expert Ed Peter, Meat & Livestock Australia’s Richard Norton and Grains Research and Development Corporation’s Steve Jefferies.
Business benchmarking and on-farm connectivity and new technologies were the main focus of the livestock sessions. For grain producers, key topics were market requirements, customer feedback and on-farm profit drivers.

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