The 2017 Ricegrowers’ Association of Australia (RGA) Annual Conference will be held in Leeton on August 3 and 4 at the Leeton Soldiers Club.
RGA president Jeremy Morton said this year’s conference theme — ‘Building Value – Rice and Beyond’ — celebrates not only rice, but the people, growers, systems and processes that play a vital role in rice production along the entire value chain.
‘‘The rice industry is a unique industry, with rice being an important crop within our growers’ irrigation systems,’’ Mr Morton said.
‘‘This conference is an opportunity to celebrate our people, growers, systems and processor, and to challenge our industry to harness opportunities and be adaptable to remain competitive.’’
The conference theme will be interpreted through a range of interesting topics on the day including addresses from guest speakers like Foodbank Australia Ltd CEO Brianna Casey, National Carp Control Plan coordinator for Fisheries Research and Development Centre Matt Barwick, Murray Darling Basin Authority chief executive Phillip Glyde. There will also be a ‘Panel Session’ about water trade.
The annual gala dinner will be held on the evening of August 3 at the MIA Function Centre, and will include an address from Rob Cook, a fourth generation cattle farmer.
A post conference tour will be held on Friday afternoon, taking visitors to Tim Commins’ property at Whitton.
The ongoing commitment and generosity of the RGA’s conference sponsors, including platinum sponsor New Holland, has ensured that conference registration was kept to $50 for financial members of the RGA and their partners.
Non-members and non-financial members are welcome to attend at a cost of $100 per person.
The closing date for registrations is Friday, July 21.
For more information visit www.rga.org.au or call (02)69530433.