Participants for the 2018 Australian Grain Leaders Program (AGLP) have been announced. National grain farmers representative body, GrainGrowers, announced the 11 participants and acknowledged it is pleased to have expanded the program for 2018 to include the whole of the supply chain in the grains industry. The 10th program will be launched in Canberra this week. Jo Eady, Director of RuralScope Pty Limited and facilitator of this program said, "I am delighted to be facilitating the 10th industry leadership program for the Australian grains industry. This years participants are from across most of the main grain growing regions of Australia, including Tasmania. And we are heading to Tasmania after Canberra to visit two highly productive agricultural regions and see the best of the best in mixed farming enterprises. And we will visit and be introduced to the leadership drivers of Tas Foods Ltd an innovative agricultural and food company taking the Tasmanian brand to the world."
Symon Allen, Kimba, SA
A fourth generation grain farmer running a 4050 ha operation at Kimba, SA, Symon has worked successfully to expand the business while reducing debt. He is keen to see the grains sector generally become more focused on profit margins, examining, for example, the opportunities for alternative markets and transport options.
Nick Davis, Adelaide, SA
A grain trader with Davis Grain Pty Ltd successfully operating three GrainFlow sites, Nick is relatively new to the grains industry but keen to learn more. After spending time in the United States examining the grains industry there, Nick is convinced Australia needs to become better at marketing grain overseas, partly through offering different marketing products. He is also keen to see more affordable/comprehensive crop/income insurance products for the industry.
Tess Walch, Streaky Bay, SA
Tess is a grain marketing adviser/broker and works as the Eyre Peninsula Representative for FREE Eyre Limited. Tess is keen to develop her leadership abilities through the course to benefit the 475 Eyre Peninsula farmers who are sponsoring her participation. Tess is focused on investigating new opportunities in upcountry processing/value-adding facilities for Australian grain, legume and oil seed growers.
Amery Drage, Northampton, WA
Amery has been a grain farmer for more than five years on the family farm at Northampton WA. He seeks to broaden his knowledge of the grains industry and use that knowledge to improve the farm’s efficiency and productivity while making a difference to the industry as a whole. He has experimented with super absorbent polymers on farm for greater yield and water use efficiency.
Kathryn Fleay, Mingenew, WA
Kathryn is Executive Officer for the Mingenew Irwin Group, having previously managed a broadacre cropping property in Morawa for three and a half years. She is also involved in the family’s mixed cropping and sheep farm in the south of WA, providing agronomic advice when required. She seeks to continue farming in the future, either as a grain grower or in other ways that allow involvement in farming enterprises.She is keen to focus on ways to see the industry have a sustainable future.
Mitch Mouritz, Hyden, WA
Mitch has been a grain farmer for 13 years and is involved in operating a 8500 ha mixed farming family enterprise involving cropping, livestock and an earthmoving business on farms in Hyden and the Lake King district of Western Australia. Mitch is interested in the move to large scale expansion and how this can best be managed whilst dealing with the problems of climate variability and the day to day business.
Nick Panizza, Williams, WA
Nick is a member of a family farming operation in Williams WA, farming 5000 ha with 80 per cent continuous cropping and the remaining, pastures for livestock. Through the use of online farm decision making software, Nick has been able to assess not just the most profitable crop in any given year but the most profitable rotation. He is keen to see the use of data and related technology drive forward the grains industry to greater profitability and efficiency.
New South Wales
Katrina Dicks, Sydney, NSW
Katrina is a Grower Relationship Officer at GrainGrowers in Sydney. She is undertaking the course to better understand grain farmers and the production issues experienced by farmers “at the coal face”. GrainGrowers is proud to sponsor Katrina to assist her to build her communication, engagement and leadership skills.
Henry Moxham, Coonamble, NSW
Henry is a farm manager in the family business in central west New South Wales. He is focused on how grain farmers can adapt with enhanced flexility and resilience to a more variable climate in the next decade.
Veronica Terry, Dairy Plains, TAS
Veronica has worked in financial planning for more than 10 years. She and her husband Rob run the family farm at Dairy Plains in northern Tasmania. The Terrys have structured their business to service the feed needs of the local dairy industry prominent in the area and grow wheat, barley, hybrid canola seed and potatoes. Veronica is keen to develop an additional income stream for the farm which complements the grain production.
Millie Bach, Jandowae, QLD
Formerly a Domestic Grain Merchant with AGT Foods Australia, Millie is now working on the family farm at Jandowae where the business has been trialling canola. Millie is interested in exploring ways to ensure younger generations are given the opportunity to remain either on farm or within the industry, and how connectivity can improve traceability within the value chain to ensure Australia captures and retains overseas markets.
Please feel free to find out more about his program by contacting us here. We are always keen to hear from people interested in mentoring on our programs so please get in touch if this is of interest.