2017 Annual Forum

The 12th Annual Forum & Awards is coming up very soon!

An exciting line up of Speakers include:

  • Alex Gartmann, CEO Rural Bank
  • Cam Nicholson, Nuffield Scolar Winner
  • Anna Fisher, Zontes Footsteps
  • and Cam Nicholson, Nicon Rural

In addition to the Forum the Ag Excellence Awards will be held again, with the introduction of the new 'Ag Excellence Perpetual Award', recognising the exceptional contribution of Grower Group members to the agricultural industry.

The 'PIRSA Grower Group Award' also has a new focus in 2017 with the aim to provide support for new initiatives from Grower Groups.

These two awards will recognise individuals who have given outstanding service and also encourage future innovation and leadership.

This year the Forum has a definite ‘educational focus’ with Nuffield Scholar winner, Chris Reichstein setting the tone by presenting his findings on ‘How Farmers Learn’.

Day two commences with Anna Fischer, MD at revered winery Zonte’s Footstep. Anna has had and continues to enjoy many successes as a result of her leadership educational journey; a great story for all.

Cam Nicholson is a farmer and consultant hailing from Victoria’s Bellarine Peninsula. Cam will share his insights into achieving ‘practice change’ in the recently completed Grain & Graze project.

Alex Gartmann, Rural Bank CEO will close the Forum on arguably the most topical subject – Funding!

Delegates will also be in for a good laugh at the Awards Dinner with acclaimed Comedian Kate Burr taking the stage. Join in and celebrate the successes of the State’s Grower Groups with the presentation of the ‘PIRSA Grower Group Award’ by PIRSA CEO, Scott Ashby. The winning group will have the chance to put $5,000 towards their unique idea for a research / study topic to benefit the local and broader agricultural community.

For the first year individuals will also be acknowledged with the Inaugural ‘Ag Excellence Perpetual Award’ for outstanding service. Trent Potter, Ag Ex Chair, says “We have so many deserving individuals within our regional agricultural communities who have committed many years towards the benefit of others. Ag Ex is thrilled to be able to honour these individuals at the premier Grower Group event of the year”.

Forum Presentations

Day One

Awards Dinner

Day Two