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Inaugural GROWING SA conference to highlight primary production’s value

Grain Producers SA and Livestock SA are partnering to host a joint industry conference this year, called GROWING SA.

It will be first event of its kind in which both organisations have joined together and will be held on Friday 11 August 2017 at the Adelaide Hills Convention Centre, Hahndorf.

The inaugural GROWING SA Conference in 2017 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.

Through a mix of split sessions and social functions, the conference will:

  • Provide the latest policy and farm business information to help producers boost productivity and profitability.
  • Highlight the state’s broadacre industries as a shining light for innovation, industry growth, and business sustainability.
  • Enable producers, industry service providers, stakeholders, politicians and policy-makers from across SA to engage in a two-way dialogue regarding policy issues, plus network, at a once-a-year event.

GPSA and Livestock SA will host their annual general meetings as part of the day.

Livestock SA CEO Andrew Curtis says the theme GROWING SA reflects the industry’s leading role in cementing South Australia’s reputation as a premium food and wine exporter.

“Primary production is an engine room for the state’s economy. It is a shining light when other industries face challenges to growth,” he said.

“It is a multi-billion industry with exciting investment opportunities. The livestock and grain industries produce, and value add, a diverse range of food products and are recognised globally as produced in a clean and green environment.

“In the lead-up to the State Election, we want to ensure that our industry is placed front and centre in policy debates so we can ensure primary production policies of all parties contesting the election enable our members to remain profitable.”

Grain Producers SA CEO Darren Arney says primary production is growing its share of the job market, its customer and export base and its economic contribution to the state.

“Day in, day out, food producers are contributing to SA’s growth and that needs to be recognised and celebrated,” he said.

“The SA grains industry is coming off the back of a record harvest. Overall, one in five working South Australians is employed in the food industry and agriculture, food and wine is worth $18.6 billion to the state.

“These are outstanding figures and, through broader traditional and digital media reach, it is intended metropolitan communities will hear more of the industry’s leading position.

“We are encouraging all producers to come along for the day and support the organisations that advocate for them to industry stakeholders, service providers and policy makers on a daily basis. There are a range of accommodation options at the venue for those who are travelling to attend.”

GROWING SA 2017 will be held on Friday 11 August 2017 at the Adelaide Hills Convention Centre, 145a Mount Barker Road, Hahndorf. Visit or for more information.

There are a range of sponsorship opportunities available. For more information, contact conference organisers AgCommunicators, 08 8332 3277.

Published: 11 May 2017