2022 Annual Forum


South Australia’s premier grower group event provides a valued collection point for grower groups, government and industry to share experiences, develop new ideas, enrich connections and contribute to evolving conversations.

Forum2022 was held on 8 August 2022 at the Marion Hotel, Adelaide, South Australia. The full-day program focused on the theme of ‘Building Collaborative Capacity’, a response to the ever-growing need to learn and adapt more efficiently, build on expertise and capability, bring diversity to the way we think and operate and be more efficient in delivery.

“The aim was to bring national and state level initiatives to the group level and for groups to inform organisations and agencies on their priorities and experience in multi-directional communications”, said Leet Wilksch, Ag Ex Chair.

The program featured major research and development corporations, agencies and industry organisations alongside grower groups to provide a comprehensive overview of current and future ideas for working together.

Michael Macolino, EvokeAg kickstarted the day, followed by a line-up of highly respected speakers including Ruth Peek, Grains Research Development Corporation; Kimberley Shrives, Drought Resilience Research and Adoption Branch and Troy Clarkson, National Soil Strategy. A number of additional speakers and a facilitated panel session also featured.

Mr Wilksch said, “new opportunities are emerging in agriculture through the convergence of ag-tech, policies, strategies and goals, market shifts and responses such as maintaining access, research and development, sustainability targets, climate science and adoption initiatives. We all need to further develop our ability to harness opportunity for a more representative and multi-faceted delivery”.

The day culminated with the Gala Awards Dinner where industry colleagues gathered to network and celebrate grower group achievements with the winners of the PIRSA Grower Group and Perpetual Awards announced.


Our Partners

The Ag Excellence Forum & Awards is brought to you with the assistance of our generous partners. A massive thank you to our 2022 Platinum, Award, Gold, Silver, Bronze, Pre-Dinner Networking and Wine partners.

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PLATINUM PARTNER | Grains Research and Development Corporation

The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) is responsible for investing in research, development and extension (RD&E) to drive the discovery, development and delivery of world-class innovation for Australian grain growers.

We invest over $180 million a year in RD&E on behalf of growers to enhance the productivity, profitability and sustainability of their farm businesses. We partner with leading international experts on innovative RD&E across a diverse portfolio of over 700 projects.

The 2022 AgExcellence Alliance Forum is a great opportunity to support growers to build knowledge and understanding by talking to others from the grains industry and beyond.

Our purpose is to invest in RD&E to create enduring profitability for Australian grain growers.  Our vision is a profitable and sustainable Australian grains industry, valued by the wider community.

For more information visit www.grdc.com.au

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AWARD PARTNER | Primary Industries and Regions South Australia

The Department of Primary Industries and Regions (PIRSA) is a key economic development agency in the Government of South Australia, with responsibility for the prosperity and sustainability of the state's primary industries and regions.

Through policy, industry engagement and research, PIRSA plays a critical role in promoting the future of South Australia’s advanced $15.4 billion (2020-21) agricultural industry and seeking new opportunities for development while providing services to help protect our industries from biosecurity threats.

We coordinate state and federally funded programs across South Australia to:

drive economic growth
protect and maintain the productivity of our primary industries
protect our environment
build the resilience of and sustain the health and wellbeing of our communities.

PIRSA supports industry to achieve growth targets through 17 Primary Industries Funding Schemes enabling industries to collect industry contributions to fund marketing, research and industry development.

For more information visit www.pir.sa.gov.au

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GOLD PARTNER | South Australian Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub

The South Australian Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub is one of eight Hubs established across the nation through the Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund.

Led by the University of Adelaide and in partnership with the Department of Primary Industries and Regions, the SA Hub comprises the headquarters at Roseworthy in the Mid North and five regional Nodes at Minnipa on Eyre Peninsula, Port Augusta in the Far North, Orroroo in the Upper North, Loxton in the Riverland, and Struan in the South-East.

The location of the Nodes ensures state-wide coverage of all pastoral, low, medium and high rainfall agricultural production zones.

The Hub consists of a collaborative network of 59 industry partners, including grower groups; the three SA-based universities; government agencies; indigenous partners; agribusinesses; research, development and extension partners; and industry organisations.

The Hub’s stakeholders will co-design and deliver demand-driven activities that focus on innovation and adoption to build farmers’ drought resilience and that of regional communities.

For more information visit www.sadroughthub.com.au

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SILVER PARTNER | Department for Environment and Water

Department for Environment and Water (DEW) supports South Australian land managers to achieve sustainable and environmentally sound management of the soil and land resource in both the agricultural and broader landscape in South Australia.

For more information visit www.environment.sa.gov.au/topics/soil-and-land-management


SILVER PARTNER | South Australian Grains Industry Trust

The South Australian Grain Industry Trust Fund (SAGIT) administers the voluntary research levy contributed by SA growers.

 Research and development investment of more than $1.8 million a year is supported in a range of areas crucial to advancing the State’s grain industry.

 No other state has a research fund supported by growers for state-based, grains industry research.

For more information visit www.sagit.com.au

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SILVER PARTNER | Mellor Olsson

Mellor Olsson is a full-service, South Australian owned and operated independent law firm.

 Our agribusiness legal services cover a wide range of areas, including business structures, governance, contracts, wills and estate planning, business succession planning, litigation on contracts and other disputes, employment issues, work health and safety and environmental and mining issues.

For more information visit www.molawyers.com.au


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