AFIA 2018 AGM - Board Election and Ballot

Media Release

13 July 2018

AFIA 2018 Annual General Meeting (AGM) - Notice of 2018 AFIA Board Election & Ballot

 

In 2018 AFIA has two Director positions available as part of the Company’s Constitution rotation policy for Directors. Mr Peter Gillett and Mr Mark Lourey are the two current AFIA Directors up for rotation in 2018.  Mr Peter Gillett has decided not to seek re-election to the AFIA Board and Mr Mark Lourey has decided to stand again.

In addition to Mr Mark Lourey, AFIA has received two additional nominations for election to the AFIA Board from  Mr Brad Griffiths and Mr Cameron Angel. As a consequence of there being three nominations for two Director positions, a ballot will be conducted at the 2018 AFIA Annual General Meeting (AGM) to be held at 10.30am on Monday 30 July at the 2018 National Fodder Conference, Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide.

Further information on the three Director candidates will be available in the 2018 AFIA Annual Report.  The 2018 AFIA Annual Report will be made available to all AFIA members at the 2018 National Fodder Conference and via the AFIA website.

If members have any questions relating to the 2018 AFIA Board Election & Ballot, they can contact John McKew, CEO & Returning Officer by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on mobile 0438 182 600.

Results from the 2018 AFIA Board Election & Ballot will be announced after the ballot has been conducted and counted on Monday 30 July at the 2018 National Fodder Conference.

AFIA 2018 Annual General Meeting (AGM) - Notice of Meeting and Board of Directors Election

Media Release

25 May 2018

AFIA 2018 Annual General Meeting (AGM) - Notice of Meeting and Board of Directors Election

 

AFIA 2018 Annual General Meeting (AGM) - Notice of Meeting

The 2018 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Australian Fodder Industry Association (ACN 131 678 727) will be held on the morning of Monday 30 July 2018 from 10.30am to 11.15am (South Australian time) at the 2018 National Fodder Conference, Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide, South Australia.

Members of the  company are invited to attend the AGM to hear the results of the company from the last financial year and to ask questions of the Board of Directors and Executive.

 

AFIA 2018 Board of Directors Election

Two positions on the Board of Directors of the of the Australian Fodder Industry Association (ACN 131678 727) will be vacated in 2018 and the company is seeking interest from financial members of the company in filling these two positions.

If you are interested in nominating for a position on the AFIA Board, please contact John McKew, AFIA CEO and Returning Officer, before nominations close on Monday 2 July 2018 at 12.00pm (Victorian time).  A 2018 Nomination Form for the AFIA Board must be completed by all nominees.  These forms are available by contacting the AFIA office on (03) 9670 0523 or via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

AFIA Fodder Festival 2018

Media Release

23 May 2018

AFIA Fodder Festival Logo

 

 

The Australian Fodder Industry Association (AFIA) is pleased to announce a new event for August 2018 so get ready to mark your calendars because you’re not going to want to miss this one.

We are pleased to bring you the AFIA Fodder Festival 2018; a demonstration and interactive field day to connect fodder producers and end-users. The day will be a mix of paddock demonstrations and presentations at the Elmore Field Days site in Northern Victoria.

John McKew, AFIA Chief Executive Officer describes the focus of the event as “fodder decisions to drive production profits”.

“We recognise that at times that there is disconnect between the producers of fodder and the end-users of that fodder.  The transaction between these two parties should not be a win-lose or a lose-win but instead, a win-win for both and the best way to achieve that is to provide understanding and information and to do that effectively requires good communication and interaction.  The AFIA Fodder Festival 2018 will provide the forum and the opportunity to facilitate this”, Mr McKew commented.

This field day will be designed to deliver practical outcomes; it will include a working demonstration site for fodder production, machinery, fodder samples and a range of presentations from people with nutrition, feeding and financial return experience as well as those who know what is involved in producing quality fodder and end-users who have experienced the best (and worst) of fodder buying decisions.

When: Wednesday 29 August 2018 (9am-4pm)

Where: Elmore Field Day Site, in the paddock and under the big roof of the Agribusiness Pavilion

Who: If you are a fodder producer, a fodder end-user (i.e. dairy, beef or sheep farmer) or your business is reliant on fodder, then this is an event you must attend.

FREE: entry for everyone and a show bag and free lunch for everyone that pre-registers on the website. 

AFIA has a committee dedicated to putting this event together and many businesses are already on board to demonstrate machinery and setup a trade stand in the Agribusiness Pavilion.  If you would like to be involved or have any questions you can contact the 2018 AFIA Fodder Festival organiser Renata Cumming - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We will also be launching a website (www.fodderfestival.com) to allow you to register your attendance and we will be sending out flyers very soon so watch your email for AFIA updates about this very exciting new event.

You can also follow progress on the 2018 AFIA Fodder Festival via social media – look out for #fodderfestival18

 

Caption: The Agribusiness Pavilion at the Elmore Field Days will be the focal point of the 2018 AFIA Fodder Festival.

 

Media Contact:

John McKew
Chief Executive Officer
Australian Fodder Industry Association

W: (03) 9670 0523
M: 0438 182 600
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Fodder industry helps shine light on farming women

Media Release

12 April 2018

Fodder industry helps shine light on farming women

 

In partnership with The Invisible Farmer Project, the Australian Fodder Industry Association (AFIA) is in search of stories from the half of Australia’s farming population that is hidden and largely absent from the history books.

The Invisible Farmer Project is an initiative of Museums Victoria. It is the largest ever study of Australian women on the land. This three year project (2017-2020) is funded by the Australian Research Council and involves a nation-wide partnership between rural communities, academics, government and cultural organisations. 

Since its launch in 2017 it has been overwhelmed with community and industry response and support. The project was listed in the top 10 achievements in Australian agriculture in 2017.
Invisible Farmer Project lead curator Liza Dale-Hallett says we know that around 49 percent of real farm income in Australia is contributed by women.

“This figure includes a whole range of activities such as on-farm work, off-farm waged work and household, volunteer and community work. Unfortunately a lot of this work tends to go unnoticed, undocumented and uncelebrated in the public eye,” Liza says.

One woman’s experience Liza has documented is Hannah Crisp, who manages Lorraine Station in partnership with her husband Michael. Lorraine Station is on the banks of the Leichardt River, 240 kilometres north-west of Clonclurry, in the Gulf of Carpentaria, Queensland.

Hannah Crisp from Lorraine Station, a proud grazier and fodder grower. Photo courtesy of Liza Dale-Hallett, The Invisible Farmer Project, Museums Victoria.

 

Lorraine Station is 605,000 acres and runs mainly Droughtmaster Santa Gertrudis Cross cattle. The station has a 7,500 head feedlot and a 2500 acre irrigated and dryland cropping operation. Hannah, Michael and their son Luke grow corn for silage, Rhodes grass hay and Cavalcade. They sell the hay to neighbours, produce agents and saleyards.

AFIA will collaborate with The Invisible Farmer Project at the 2018 National Fodder Conference to host a ‘Women in Fodder’ workshop that aims to give rural women tools to capture and share their stories of farming the land.

AFIA’s Women in Fodder program is designed to empower women in the industry by having conversations that break down gender stereotypes and provide access to training and education in leadership. After the 2017 National Fodder Conference, Women in Fodder members created a Facebook group as a positive platform for women to discuss ideas, ask questions and keep in contact between industry events.

AFIA has since partnered with Women & Leadership Australia (WLA) to provide subsidised courses for women who wish to develop leadership skills. WLA administers a national initiative to support the development of female leaders throughout the fodder sector.

Women members of AFIA can access a range of highly regarded part-time leadership development courses via a dedicated pool of funding. There are opportunities for fee support that provide women with grants of $3,000 to $8,000. Scholarship funding will be awarded based on a set of selection criteria.

AFIA’s Industry Development Officer Jemma Stefanou says that the agriculture industry has traditionally underrepresented women in leadership positions.
“We also acknowledge that supporting women in decision-making roles is crucial to sustainability and innovation. AFIA is working towards a meaningful program to empower, support and celebrate women in agriculture.”

The 2018 National Fodder Conference will be held from 29th-31st July at the Adelaide Convention Centre. The conference theme is The Future of Fodder, which will showcase industry research, sustainability, innovation, technology, safety and diversity.


For more information, visit these websites:

afia.org.au

invisiblefarmer.net.au

wla.edu.au/associations
 

 

AFIA Launches 2018 Gen Ag Future Fund

Media Release

11 January 2018

AFIA Launches 2018 Lallemand Animal Nutrition AFIA Gen Ag Future Fund

The Gen Ag Future Fund will make up to $3,000 available per annum to an individual to assist with (a) further education or (b) costs to undertake a specific project that will benefit the Australian fodder industry.  Project-based activity that is being undertaken within a field of further education may also be considered eligible.  Applications are now open for the inaugural Gen Ag Future Fund.

Applications will be considered from Australian citizens aged 18-30 years at the time of application who are current or eligible Gen Ag members of AFIA.  Funding under the Gen Ag Future Fund will be awarded, based on a written application, to an individual who is deemed can make a demonstrable long-term contribution to the Australian fodder industry and more broadly, Australian agriculture.

Individuals are required to submit the following as part of their application*:

  1. Full name, mailing address, email address and telephone contact numbers.
  2. A current resume detailing all current and previous work experience including employers, roles and responsibilities.
  3. Education completed or being undertaken including transcripts of all results achieved to date.
  4. Details of any relevant experience within the Australian fodder industry.
  5. Contact details of two (2) referees.
  6. A current photograph.
  7. A maximum of 500 words describing how you would apply the funds from the Gen Ag Future Fund if you were the successful applicant.  This may comprise a synopsis of project work that you are undertaking or considering undertaking or it may describe the completion of additional education and how these funds will be used as part of this.

*Participation in an interview panel assessment comprising Lallemand and AFIA appointed representatives may be required.

Applications can be posted to:

John McKew
Chief Executive Officer
Australian Fodder Industry Association

W: (03) 9670 0523
M: 0438 182 600
E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with subject title “Gen Ag Future Fund Application”

The first recipient of funding under the Gen Ag Future Fund may be asked to make a presentation to the 2018 National Fodder Conference (29-31 July 2018 in Adelaide).

The Gen Ag Future Fund program will run as an annual scholarship-style program and will be administered by AFIA in consultation with Lallemand Animal Nutrition.

Applications for the 2018 Lallemand Animal Nutrition AFIA Gen Ag Future Fund close on Tuesday 1 May 2018 at 5.00pm (AEST).

 

 

National Hay Safe Day 2017

Media Release

19 October 2017

National Hay Safe Day, a day focusing on safety in the hay and silage industry, is on Wednesday October 25. In the lead up to National Hay Safe Day, the Australian Fodder Industry Association (AFIA) is asking everyone involved in the fodder industry to run through the “Make sure your workplace is HAY SAFE” checklist every day with all of your all workers/operators and family members.

With the 2017 fodder harvest already underway, that often means people working long hours resulting in fatigue and when this happens it’s all too easy to overlook or forget about safety and this can have disastrous consequences.

It can only take a split-second for something to go wrong and put the safety of a business owner, employees, family members or the public at risk. That’s why AFIA is asking everyone involved in making and transporting hay and silage to take the opportunity to run through the “Make sure your workplace is HAY SAFE” checklist every day.

That checklist includes:

  • Machinery is securely shutdown before maintenance occurs.
  • Adequate safety guards are fitted to machinery.
  • Fire extinguishers and first aid kits are functional and located close to baling operations.
  • Prominent signage warning of the dangers of falling bales clearly displayed in hay sheds.
  • Prominent signage warning of the dangers of moving vehicles displayed in hay sheds.
  • Warning signs clearly displayed on all machinery.
  • Plant operators are familiar with relevant safety procedures.
  • All caution lights and reversing alarms are operational on machinery. 
  • Dry flammable crop materials are regularly removed from build-up areas on machinery.
  • Operators are familiar with changing work environments and possible hazards such as power lines and poles.

Remember work health and safety is everyone’s responsibility, and we want everyone to take on the Hay Safe Day messages, making safety a focus and helping to prevent accidents from happening in your hay or silage business.

If you would like a copy of our “CAUTION! Be Aware of Falling Bales” poster on email to print out and place around your workplace, please email John at AFIA This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or click this image to download a copy.

Don’t forget to share your National Hay Safe Day initiatives and thoughts on AFIA’s social media platforms, via Twitter @AusFodder and Facebook @Ausfodder

National Hay Safe Day is the initiative Suzanne Woods an AFIA member, Director, fodder grower and hay exporter from Calingiri in Western Australia. Tragically on October 25, 2009, Suzanne lost her father in an accident on their farm.

For more information on safety in the Australia fodder industry please contact the AFIA office on (03) 9670 0523 or visit www.afia.org.au

Media Contact:

John McKew
Chief Executive Officer
W: (03) 9670 0523
M: 0438 182 600
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AFIA 2017 National Fodder Conference Wrap-up

Media Release

16 August 2017

The Gold Coast sun shone bright and warm last week at the RACV Royal Pines Resort to welcome over 200 delegates to the annual Australian Fodder Industry Association’s (AFIA) 2017 National Fodder Conference.  With a theme of ‘Feeding Innovation, Growing Success’, delegates were treated to an outstanding program of speakers who shared information and expertise on a wide range of topics.  Opened by Mrs Kay Hull, the Chair of the Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation, the conference program unfolded with key note addresses from Dr Jonathon Reich from Alforex Seeds in the USA talking about the global breeding program for lucerne and Professor Mark Howden from Australian National University on adapting Australian agriculture systems to a changing climate.

Massey Ferguson, as major conference sponsors, went all out with a world exclusive appearance of its new ultra-high density baler, the MF2370UHD.  This machine generated a lot of interest, parked on the lawn amongst a range of other equipment from Krone, New Holland, John Deere, Lely, JCB and Manitou.  The MF2370UHD is not available just yet but by the number of delegates looking over it, interest was certainly peaked for its arrival in 2018.  As always, the machinery display at this year’s conference was a real draw-card for delegates and proved a remarkable backdrop to pre-dinner drinks on Tuesday evening.

On Wednesday delegates heard from both Meat & Livestock Australia and Dairy Australia on the situation and outlook for both the red meat and dairy industries.  Following these presentations, Dr Andy Sheppard from CSIRO spoke about the future opportunities for using gene technology in pest and weed management.

On Wednesday afternoon, Lallemand Animal Nutrition and AFIA launched their new partnership program, the Lallemand Animal Nutrition Gen Ag Future Fund which will see $3,000 awarded annually by Lallemand Animal Nutrition in association with AFIA to an AFIA Gen Ag member to assist with further education or costs to undertake a specific project that will benefit the Australian fodder industry.

And this is just a few of the many highlights from a packed two day conference.

The conference social functions were highlights for many, providing relaxed opportunities to catch up with friends and colleagues and to celebrate the success of the fodder industry.

In 2018 the National Fodder Conference returns to South Australia to the Adelaide Convention Centre from 29-31 July 2018.  Put it in your diary now.

Media Contact:

John McKew
Chief Executive Officer
Australian Fodder Industry Association
W: (03) 9670 0523
M: 0438 182 600
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Register now for the 2017 National Fodder Conference

Media Release

12 July 2017

Registrations will close soon for the Australian Fodder Industry Association’s 2017 National Fodder Conference.  The theme for the 2017 Conference is ‘Feeding Innovation, Growing Success’.  The 2017 program will contain information to engage and stimulate everyone.  With a line-up of thought-provoking speakers and topics as well as plenty of opportunity for delegate interaction with exhibitors and sponsors, you and your business are assured to gain insights and connections from participating in the 2017 National Fodder Conference.

In addition to the conference speaking program and various workshops, the conference also comprises social functions including the Welcome Cocktail Function and the Annual Conference Dinner, great opportunities to connect with new and existing clients in a relaxed atmosphere as well as reconnecting with your fellow fodder industry friends.

The Chair of the Rural Industries R&D Corporation, Mrs Kay Hull AM, will officially open the conference on Tuesday 8 August 2017.  Kay is a Riverina personality, business woman, community leader and former Federal Member of Parliament.

Dr Johnathon Reich from Alforex Seeds in the USA will provide the key note address at conference on Tuesday afternoon, 8 August.  Dr Reich has been involved in the global seed industry for 33 years.  During that time he has worked as a plant breeder, research director, and corporate officer overseeing R&D activities, seed conditioning operations, and as a member of business management teams.

Don’t miss out on the most important Australian fodder industry event for 2017, the 2017 National Fodder Conference.  To register, please visit www.afia.org.auor contact the AFIA office on (03) 9670-0523.

Lock the dates away now, 7-9 August 2017, and join us for the 2017 National Fodder Conference at the RACV Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast, Queensland.

Conference registrations close on Wednesday 26 July 2017; don’t miss out, register now.

AFIA Contact:

John McKew
Chief Executive Officer
Australian Fodder Industry Association
W: (03) 9670 0523
M: 0438 182 600
E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.