GROWING SA conference to focus on sustainability

Updated May 10 2022 - 8:06am, first published 7:04am
Sustainability will be a key theme during the return of the GROWING SA conference. Photo: SHUTTERSTOCK

Registrations are open for the return of the GROWING SA conference - back after a three-year, pandemic-induced hiatus.

The theme for GROWING SA 2022 is sustainability, with the program to focus on requirements integral to achieving this on-farm such as innovation, taking advantage of opportunities, planning for challenges and building skills for a prosperous future.

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Hosted by Grain Producers SA and Livestock SA, the 2022 event will be held across two days at the Adelaide Hills Convention Centre, Hahndorf, on Monday and Tuesday, August 29-30.

With the full program due for release next month, special guests at the event will include Primary Industries and Regional Development Minister Clare Scriven, National Farmers' Federation president Fiona Simson, Food Agility CRC's Madeline Mitchell and Australian Farm Institute's Katie McRobert.

GPSA chief executive officer Brad Perry and Livestock SA CEO Travis Tobin encouraged producers to take part in GROWING SA to gain valuable insights at a time of continuing global disruption for agriculture.

"Events of recent years, such as drought and global disruption have tested the South Australian economy, yet agriculture has continued to thrive," Mr Perry said.

"GROWING SA 2022 will explore how agricultural industries and individual producers can adapt and respond to the many challenges we continue to face, through strategies such as effective advocacy, situational awareness, and sustainability planning and practice."

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Mr Tobin said the conference's return was a great opportunity for all producers and industry stakeholders to reconnect around key themes in advocacy and policy development.

GPSA and Livestock SA will host their annual general meetings on the Monday, followed by a conference dinner in the evening, which will provide networking opportunities with producers and industry representatives from all industries across the state.

Tuesday will offer a full day of plenary speakers, attracting local and national guests to stimulate discussion and introduce new ideas.

Registration is open for all producers and industry stakeholders at growingsa.com.au

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