WUBIN grain grower Blayn Carlshausen was elected president of the Liebe Group, at the group’s annual general meeting on Wednesday, February 13.
Mr Carlshausen replaces Buntine grower Ross Fitzsimons, who has led the organisation for four years.
Watheroo grain and livestock producer Alex Keamy will continue as vice president.
After accepting the position, Mr Carlshausen thanked Mr Fitzsimons for his service as a committed and supportive leader.
Mr Carlshausen noted the many accomplishments of the group under Mr Fitzsimmons’ leadership, including the celebration of the group’s 20-year anniversary and the opening of the new Liebe Group Agricultural Research and Education Facility.
Mr Fitzsimons, who has been involved with the management and finance committees since 2002, will continue as a grower member of the Liebe Group management committee in 2019.
Following the meeting, members heard from SwarmFarm founder and chief executive officer Andrew Bate, who spoke about robotics, automation and new technologies in agriculture.
Mr Bate shared the SwarmFarm story with those in attendance and said he believed “robotics and technology will allow us to be farmers instead of just machinery operators”.
The Liebe Group congratulated all new committee members who were elected in 2019 and looks forward to a bright year ahead for the group.