AgConnect conference gets people talking

30 Jul, 2014 02:00 AM
AgConnectWA is not just for farmers, it is for anyone with an interest in agriculture...

IN just its second year of existence, AgConnectWA already has a lot of people talking.

It held its second annual meeting last week in Cottesloe which attracted 60 passionate and enthusiastic young people and some big name guest speakers.

Formerly known as WA Young Farmers, AgConnectWA was launched in 2013 with an aim to bring together young people throughout the agricultural industry to address the challenges that face them and harness the opportunities available to them.

The group elected a new president and vice president at its meeting on the weekend.

Kallum Blake, Katanning, was elected to the position of president, with Katie Pole, Larrawa station near Fitzroy Crossing, elected as vice president.

Mr Blake thanked the outgoing president, Andrew Whitelaw, for his dedication to connecting young people in the industry and said he was eager to continue the job.

"AgConnectWA is not just for farmers, it is for anyone with an interest in agriculture, whether they study it, work in the industry, or just want to meet like-minded people and build their networks," he said.

"Our membership has been rapidly growing and the committee is looking forward to keeping that trend going."

Mr Blake encouraged anyone with an interest or stake in agriculture to join AgConnectWA to contribute to the future directions of WA agriculture.

Jordan White, Kalannie, enjoying the sundowner. Click on this image to see more photos in our online gallery.

Following the election those involved were treated to a huge day of informative and inspiring guest speakers.

Murray Grey, Glenflorrie station, talked about the importance of rangeland management and sustainability.

He informed the crowd of a trial set up on his station looking at precision pastoral management which he said would be a game changer for the industry.

Nuffield Scholar Robert Kestel spoke about the challenges faced by the free range chicken industry and challenged the group to start thinking outside the square to meet those challenges head on.

Minderoo Group's Eric Broad discussed the opportunities faced by the beef sector and Agrimaster representative Berin Gibbons talked about the importance of technology in the future of agriculture.

A marketing workshop in the afternoon, run by Coffey and Tea director Meg Coffey got everyone talking and thinking outside the square.

The conference and sundowner was sponsored by Westpac Agribusiness and Agrimaster.

p AgConnectWA held its second annual conference in Perth last week and attracted a room full of young people with a passion for agriculture.



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