THE 2019 GROWING SA Conference promises to be the biggest yet, with a new format set to provide delegates with farm business, research and policy information relevant to South Australia’s grain and livestock industries.
Hosted by Grain Producers SA and Livestock SA, the 2019 event will be held over two days at the Adelaide Hills Convention Centre, Hahndorf, on Monday 26 August and Tuesday 27 August.
GPSA and Livestock SA will host their annual general meetings on the Monday, which will be followed by a conference dinner in the evening which will celebrate the region’s fine produce, enabling producers and industry representatives from across the state, and from all industries, to network.
Tuesday will offer a full day of plenary speakers, attracting local, national and international guests to stimulate discussion and introduce new ideas, with a mix of in-depth and short, sharp presentation styles.
GPSA chief executive Caroline Rhodes said she was excited by the evolution of GROWING SA as South Australia’s premier grain and livestock event.
“South Australian primary production is a multi-billion, growth industry with exciting investment opportunities,” she said.
“It is comprised of thousands of family-owned, multi-generational businesses who are proudly South Australian, but exporting quality food and fibre to the world.
“South Australian agriculture is renowned globally for its clean and green environment and its world leading production status. That’s why primary production is GROWING SA.”
Livestock SA chief executive Andrew Curtis said the conference is an opportunity for primary producers to hear the latest in policy developments, farm business advice and commodity research while networking with each other and industry service providers and policy decision-makers.
“Further, GROWING SA is an opportunity for producers, industry service providers and stakeholders, politicians and policy-makers from across SA to engage in a two-way dialogue regarding policy issues and network at a once-a-year event,” he said.
“Despite some of the seasonal challenges we saw in 2018, agriculture remains a shining light for SA’s economy.
“One in five working South Australians is employed in the food industry and agriculture, food and wine is worth $19.97 billion to the state.
“Primary production is an engine room for the state’s economy.”