Once again, the GROWING SA Conference has attracted a top line-up of speakers on the themes of ag tech, farm business management, innovation, global trade and competitiveness and biosecurity.

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.

Monday 26 August
3.00pm Grain Producers & Livestock SA AGMs
6.00pm The Mellor Olsson Pre-Dinner Drinks
7.00pm The Ramsey Bros GROWING SA Conference Dinner feat.

Rob Kerin, Primary Producers SA

Fiona Simson, National Farmers Federation
Tuesday 27 August

Light breakfast served ahead of the opening session


Welcome to Growing SA 

Belinda Cay, Growing SA MC


Session introduction from sponsor Rural Business Support
Brett Smith, Rural Business Support


Protecting SA’s competitive advantage

Hon Tim Whetstone, Minister for Primary Industries & Regional Development


Finance, risk and reward…the way forward in changing market conditions

Will Rayner, Rural Bank

9.35am Morning tea

An international perspective on the future of biotechnology and agricultural chemical use

Professor Kevin Folta, University of Florida


The risks to animal agriculture…activism, farm invasion and public policy

Fiona Simson, National Farmers Federation


When is trespass, not trespass? Activism and the law.

Victoria Gilliland, Mellor Olsson

12.00pm Lunch
1.10pm The view from the inside…why glyphosate is vital to food security

Dr Eliza Dunn, Bayer

Trust in Ag Champions…a local project to build our capacity to engage

Deanna Lush, SA 2019 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award Winner


Producers’ priorities and succeeding the midst of major change

Wade Dabinett, Chair, Grain Producers SA

Joe Keynes, Chair, Livestock SA

2.15pm Afternoon tea
3.00pm What it’s like operating a hyperconnected farm

Sean Starling, Meat & Livestock Australia
3.25pm All things agtech…farming in a hyperconnected future

Sarah Nolet, Farmers 2 Founders
3.50pm Enabling hyperconnected ag

Mark Forster, Telstra
4.05pm Panel Q&A from audience
4.25pm Evaluation
4.30pm Telstra Networking Drinks
5.30pm Conference close


*Program is under development & subject to change

Don’t miss out on your chance to secure a room! Accommodation is available onsite. To book click here.