Wilson to lead grain blueprint development

Wilson named SA grain industry blueprint project manager


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Jonathan Wilson will lead the development of the SA Grain Industry Blueprint.

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SA Grain Industry Blueprint project manager Jonathan Wilson.

SA Grain Industry Blueprint project manager Jonathan Wilson.

FORMER Viterra logistics, commercial relations and business strategy manager Jonathan Wilson has been appointed to lead the development of a 2020-2030 Grain Industry Blueprint for SA.

Mr Wilson was named the project manager at a blueprint scoping workshop in Adelaide last week.

He has worked at Viterra for the past 15 years, but finished up in February.

He has been an independent consultant since, working on projects such as the national grower register.

He has also been involved with Wheat Quality Australia, the Freight Council, Australian Grain Exporters Association and Pulse Australia.

"We have got a really good grain industry here in SA, with a lot of good people, so it will be great to set it up for the next 10 years with this new blueprint," he said.

"While what we are doing is outstanding, to achieve growth, we need to make it even more outstanding."

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Mr Wilson said the workshop gave industry members their first chance to participate in the project.

"It was a very positive day, with a lot of people wanting to get involved," he said.

Upcoming consultation meetings will also give growers the opportunity to provide feedback on the development of the blueprint.

These will be held at the Hart Field Day Site on July 16; Cummins Bowls Club on July 30; Minnipa Ag Centre on July 31; and Cleve District Hall on August 1.

The blueprint aims to provide a strategic framework to enable long-term planning and inform private and public grain industry investment decisions.

It will feature six initial themes of value-adding, market demand, on-farm innovation, building industry capacity, infrastructure investment, and biosecurity and quality assurance.

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