Ag students gather for Growing the Future event | PHOTOS

Ag students gather for Growing the Future event | PHOTOS


The fifth annual Growing the Future event attracted a good crowd at Adelaide Oval on Thursday night for an evening of networking between agricultural science students and industry members.


More than 250 agricultural science students and industry members converged on Adelaide Oval on Thursday night for the annual Growing the Future dinner, an initiative of the University of Adelaide Agricultural Students Association.

The event is aimed at students and youth looking to enter the agricultural industry, and provided a valuable networking opportunity for those in attendance.

This is the fifth time the Growing the Future has been held, running since 2016 with a hiatus last year due to Covid-19.

Two panel discussions were held on the night, hosted by emcee and rural journalist Leigh Radford.

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Panel one panelists Will Rayner (Rural Bank), Professor Wendy Umberger (University of Adelaide), Kelvin Burgemeister (Costa Group) and Ted Langley (SAGIT) discussed how Covid-19 has been both a blessing and a course for Australian Agriculture.

Panel two panelists John Gladigau (Bulla Burra), Melissa Rebbeck (SA Livestock Consultants), Craig Ruchs (GRDC), and Oli Madgett (Platfarm) voiced predictions about what food production would look like in 2050, and what that would mean for jobs in agriculture.

Tom Green, TFI, and Primary Industries Minister David Basham also gave presentations on the night.

Earlier in the afternoon, attendees took part in two sessions, the first being a "speed dating" session with sponsors, following by a networking masterclass.

Stock Journal's CLAIRE HARRIS went along and took these photographs.

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