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Overview of the Australian Summer Grains Conference

The 2016 event will again be hosted by the joint venture partners comprising sorghum, maize, sunflower, soybean and mungbean under the banner of “Securing our Future”. This conference will feature renowned scientists, marketers, growers and leading industry identities from overseas and within Australia.

 

Australian Sorghum Conference Inc

The Australian Sorghum Conference Inc has participated in the 1st and 2nd Australian Summer grains conferences as a joint venture partner with maize, sunflowers, soybeans and mung beans. These conferences have been resounding successes and the ASC Inc recognizes the benefits to the Australian summer grains industry of building on this successful joint venture.

Dr D.R. Jordan, President Australian Sorghum Conference Inc.

Australian Mungbean Association

The Australian Mungbean Association is proud to continue its involvement and support of the Australian Summer Grains Conference. The concept of combining the key Summer Crops into one event has been extremely successful and we are sure it will continue to go from strength to strength. There are a number of exciting developments & opportunities in the pipeline for Summer crops with R&D and technology & the conference provides a tremendous avenue for a wide range of industry stakeholders to communicate, network & collaborate. The AMA encourages your support and attendance.’

Rob Anderson, President Australian Mungbean Association

Australian Sunflower Association

The Australian Sunflower Association invites all industry members to attend the 2016 Australian Summer Grains Conference.  Recognizing the significant agronomic and yield benefits of crop rotations, the Conference provides the best opportunity to share research and technological advances across all summer crops, in a single event at a great location.  This includes the latest Australian and international speakers on sunflower’s contribution to profitable faming systems. The ASA looks forward to welcoming you there.

Kevin Charlesworth, Chairman, Australian Sunflower Association and Executive of Australian Oilseeds Federation

Soy Australia

Soy Australia is a strong supporter of the summer crop industries coming together for a combined Summer Grains Conference where ideas and information are exchanged and networking encouraged. Most farmers grow several summer grains in their farming enterprise in any season for a host of reasons, including, rotations, soil health, disease and pest breaks and $ return. Hence it makes sense to provide all delegates, grower and industry representatives, with the opportunity to be informed about new agronomic practices, future market directions and possible risks about all the summer grains at one venue. It also allows the organisers to invite international experts on a range of crops to attend and share their knowledge with the local industries.  Soy Australia strongly supports the 2016 conference.

Lloyd Neilsen, Chairman of Soy Australia

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Maize Association of Australia

The Maize Association of Australia is very happy to again be a proud supporter of the Australian Summer Grains Conference in March 2016. The previous two events have been very successful.  Not only does the Conference draw together the industries representing the key summer grains crops grown by Australian farmers, it is a tremendous vehicle for the MAA to promote the growth of the maize industry in Australia. Once again the MAA will be promoting the growing and use of maize both domestically and very importantly for the huge export opportunities in markets throughout Asia.

We urge all summer crop growers and industry participants to join us at the Conference in 2016 to hear updates and developments in the Australian Maize industry.

Harley Bligh, President, Maize Association of Australia

Confirmed Concurrent Session Speakers

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Speakers

Dr Karl Kruszelnicki

is the man with the answers when it comes to Science and Technology. The Julius Sumner Miller Fellow at Sydney University, Dr Karl spreads the word about science and its benefits. With weekly radio shows in Australia and in the UK on the BBC, regular television appearances, magazine articles and 34 published books, Dr Karl is constantly in demand by the media and for corporate appearances.

 

Wayne Bennett

is recognised in Rugby League circles as one of the most influential and innovative of our modern day coaches.

He is the longest serving coach of a single club in the history of the game in Australia, having coached the Brisbane Broncos for 21 consecutive seasons, and has one of the best winning percentages in Rugby League.

He was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the sport of Rugby League and in 2012 inducted into The Australia Sport Hall of Fame.

Wayne has also achieved considerable success as an author, with his books Don’t Die with the Music in You, League’s A Lot Like Life and The Man in the Mirror.

 

 

Alison Fairleigh

Alison Fairleigh is a passionate advocate for rural mental health and farming communities. In 2013, Alison was chosen as the RIRDC QLD Rural Woman of the Year for her advocacy in improved rural mental health services and suicide prevention, and it is her mission to ensure that mental health is seen to be just as important as physical health within the agricultural sector. Alison has successfully used social media to shine a light on life in rural and remote Australia and is passionate about empowering others to find their voice through this powerful medium. 

Maree Crawford

Maree Crawford is passionate about ensuring Australia has a sustainable agricultural industry. She is an inspirational and engaging speaker with a practical down to earth persona. Her mantra is “the value of agriculture will be measured by the success of our ability to feed our people sustainably and the adoption of innovation for the future growth of our nation”.

She also advocates the role and value of women in Australian agriculture regardless of position. With a strong rural background, Maree brings with her solid insight, knowledge and hands on practical experience in the agricultural industry along with strong drive to ensure the future success and longevity of the Australian agricultural industry.

 

Rod Petersen

 

Rod Petersen of Petersen Grains with two sons Scott and Wayne are third and fourth generation grain growers at Killarney on the Eastern Darling Downs with an area of 1750 hectares.

The Petersen’s grow high quality crops of corn, soybeans, mungbeans, sorghum, wheat and barley.

They have introduced many innovative techniques into their farming operation including developing machinery to use for zero till and controlled traffic.  In fact Rod pioneered zero till into his area.

Precision agriculture is now used to ground truth on farm trials of variable rate fertilizer including deep placement of phosphorus.

On farm grain storage is 2500 tons.

Jim Pratley

Jim is Strategic Research Professor of Agriculture at Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga. He was the Foundation Dean of Science and Agriculture at CSU for 16 years. His research career commenced with doctoral studies at the University of NSW studying plant and soil factors affecting the selenium nutrition of grazing livestock. Jim has devoted attention to long term studies of tillage systems and in recent times his activities have been extended to include research into herbicide resistance and to allelopathy of weeds and crops. His resistance work identified the first worldwide incidence of evolved resistance to the herbicide Roundup. Jim has published three books, more than 90 refereed research papers, 22 book chapters and over 90 conference papers.

 

Kent Martin

Kent Martin is a sixth generation farmer/rancher in Northwest Oklahoma. He grows wheat, grain sorghum, rye, forage sorghum, and cowpeas as well as operating an Angus cow/calf operation. He currently acts as vice chair of the Oklahoma Sorghum Association and is an active part of the Leadership Sorghum program, sponsored by National Sorghum Producers. He also participates as a director of the local Farmers Cooperative. In addition to typical farm activities, he owns and operates Martin Agronomic and Environmental Consulting, LLC, a consulting business that conducts unique international contract research and provides agronomic legal support.

Chad Colby

Chad Colby is the founder and principal of Colby AgTech, where he works with progressive farmers, leading companies and government agencies around the world to provide deeper understanding of new technology and recommendations on its practical applications.  He is also well known for his industry-leading work as an advocate for commercial unmanned aerial system use in agriculture.

Mark Cooper

Mark Cooper is a DuPont Fellow. He has worked at DuPont Pioneer for 15 year and leads a team that is responsible for maize product development research utilizing both transgenic and native sources of genetic diversity. The research spans understanding the genetic architecture of yield and stress tolerance, application of molecular breeding using native and transgenic diversity and precision phenotyping technologies to develop hybrids with improved yield stability, stress tolerance and agronomics. The team enabled the delivery of the DuPont-Pioneer Optimum AQUAmax® line of drought tolerant maize hybrids.

Mark Macrander

BS in Agronomy        
Northwest Missouri State University
MS in Agronomy
University of Nebraska

Worked 10 years as a 'Field Sales Agronomist' for Pioneer Hi-Bred International in Northwest Missouri which is a large specialty corn growing region
Currently (and for the past 9 years) is the 'Manager of Specialty Grain Contracting' for Ingredion
Resides in St. Joseph, Missouri with wife (Shawna) and 4 children (Josiah, Delaney, Cassidy and Kelsey). Has a small farm that he farms himself

Alexandra Gartmann

Alexandra joined Rural Bank as Chief Executive Officer in October 2015, having been a member of the Board since November 2014. Before joining Rural Bank, Alexandra was CEO of the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR), a charitable foundation based on a partnership between philanthropy, community, government and business supporting the economic prosperity of rural, regional and remote communities across Australia. Prior to this, Ms Gartmann held the position of CEO of the Birchip Cropping Group for 10 years — a not-for-profit agricultural research organisation based in the Mallee Wimmera region. Alexandra was previously a member of the Board of the Rural Finance Corporation of Victoria. She is Chair of the CSIRO Agriculture Flagship Advisory Council, a member of the National Rural Advisory Council and the Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership, a member of the Victorian Agriculture Advisory Council, the Victorian Women in Primary Industries Roundtable, RIRDC National Rural Issues Consultative Group, the Crawford Fund and the Bendigo Regional Advisory Board for LaTrobe University.

Program

2016 Program 


Industry Development Workshop - Monday 7th March 2016

HONING YOUR MOST POWERFUL WEAPON –YOU

Proudly brought to you by
Right Mind & the ARC Group

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Industry Development Workshop

In keeping with the 2016 Australian Summer Grains Conference “Securing our Future”, the committee have developed  a 4 hour training segment devoted to building capacity of growers, advisors and industry in the areas of agribusiness, utilising leading industry experts in their field. The segment is split into two sessions and will run consecutively over 4 hours on the Monday. Through the inclusion of the segment the conference believes this will add value to the program and provide a training segment in the areas of agribusiness sales for agronomists and advisors and a two hour segment addressing Risk and Legal aspects of agribusiness. The second two hour segment on Risk and Legal Liability will be open to all delegates to attend and will focus on the providing thought provoking information in the areas of

- What constitutes advice
- Managing neighbouring farm disputes
- Managing relationships in times of dispute

The training segment will be included in the delegate registration package and will therefore not incur any further costs for delegates to attend the conference.

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Tuesday 8th March 2016
AM Keynote Address
PM Concurrent Sessions
PM Elders New Technology Dinner

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Wednesday 9th March 2016
AM Keynote Address
PM Concurrent Sessions
PM Conference Dinner

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Previous Summer Grain Programs

 

2013 Program       2010 Program

 

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Awards

Zoe McInnes Memorial Agronomy and Study Tour Award 

Proudly presented by the Australian Summer Grains Conference 

The Australian Summer Grains Conference has introduced a new award, aimed at recognizing the outstanding contribution to agronomic excellence by an agronomist. This award has been established in memory of much loved and valued Landmark agronomist Zoe McInnes, who was lost to the industry in a farming accident in 2013. Zoe epitomized the passion and dedication required to continually improve outcomes for the industry through her commitment to clients and her own personal development during her career. 

Five quiet achieving agronomists have been named finalists in the inaugural Zoe McInnes Memorial Agronomy and Study Tour Award. The finalists are; Belinda Chase, Dalby Rural Supplies, Dalby; Andrew Millers, Elders Ltd, Toowoomba; Jordan McDonald, Elders Ltd, Dalby, Steve Muller, Dalby Rural Supplies, Dalby and Janet Loechel, Elders Ltd, Jandowae.

The Australian Summer Grains Conference Committee congratulates them on their selection & looks forwards to announcing the winner & runner-up at the Conference Dinner on Wednesday 9th March

 

Industry Awards


The 2016 Australian Summer Grains Conference Industry Awards will be presented at the conference Gala Dinner. The awards are based on a criteria of outstanding contribution to excellence in each crop group.

Recipients are chosen by the segment sponsor.

Crop Group Awards

Sorghum Industry

Sunflower Industry

Soybean Industry

Mungbean Industry
Maize Industry 

GRDC - Women In Agriculture Awards
Industry
Farmer

Elders -  Farming Innovation Awards
Industry
Farmer 


ASGC
Zoe McInnes Memorial Agronomy and Study Tour Award

Five quiet achieving agronomists have been named finalists in the inaugural Zoe McInnes Memorial Agronomy and Study Tour Award. Initiated by the joint venture partners of the Australian Summer Grains Conference and sponsored by the Mungbean and Sorghum Associations, the award recognises the enthusiasm and passion that Ms McInnes had for the grains industry prior to her passing in 2013.

The finalists are; Belinda Chase, Dalby Rural Supplies, Dalby; Andrew Millers, Elders Ltd, Toowoomba; Jordan McDonald, Elders Ltd, Dalby, Steve Muller, Dalby Rural Supplies, Dalby and Janet Loechel, Elders Ltd, Jandowae.

The Australian Summer Grains Conference Committee congratulates them on their selection & looks forwards to announcing the winner & runner-up at the Conference Dinner on Wednesday 9th March

Sponsored by Mung Association 

 

 

Media

Registration

Select a registration type

Full Registration

Full Registration includes attendance at all sessions including the Industry Development Workshop, Welcome Reception, Elders New Technology Dinner and Conference Dinner.

Earlybird Registration closes 4th December 2015. All prices include GST

Regular
Delegate $950
Student $450

Day Registration

Day Registration includes attendance at all sessions on the day you have registered to attend. It does not include the Industry Development Workshop, Welcome Reception, Elders New Technology Dinner and Conference Dinner.

If you would like to add any social functions:

Industry Development Workshop $88
Welcome Reception $60
Elders New Technology Dinner $90
Conference Dinner $150

Earlybird Registration closes 4th December 2015. All prices include GST

Regular
Delegate $595

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