By SIMON MADDOCKS, Primary Producers SA Chair A RE-THINK in the way we link vocational skills training, tertiary education and on-the-job training and development is desperately required if we are to fill the skills and labour gap within agriculture which producers...
While today’s first Malinauskas Government State Budget contained few surprises for SA’s primary industries and largely delivered on key election commitments, Primary Producers SA has welcomed investment in several important areas for rural and regional communities....
A new program aimed at educating and engaging South Australian primary school students about all things agriculture has been launched today by Primary Producers SA. Educating Kids About Agriculture will provide teachers and students with hands-on, on-farm or in-school...
Primary Producers SA is heralding a new chapter in the life and structure of the organisation with the appointment of a new Chair and Chief Executive Officer. Professor Simon Maddocks has been appointed Chair and will work alongside Caroline Rhodes, who has been...
Inaugural executive chair of Primary Producers SA (PPSA) Rob Kerin will formally step down from the role after an eight-year tenure. The former Premier of South Australia has been executive chair of PPSA since the organisation was established following the dissolution...
Caroline has more than two decades of agribusiness experience, having held senior roles in both the public and private sector and with state and federal farmer representative bodies in Australia, including the former South Australian Farmers’ Federation and the Grains Council of Australia. She was the CEO of Grain Producers SA prior to joining PPSA, and brings skills in strategic communications, stakeholder management and regulatory affairs.
Caroline brings extensive experience in corporate governance and has served on a wide range of industry and community sector boards. Her current board appointments include the Australian Farm Institute, the South Australian Cricket Association, Foodbank South Australia and Rural Business Support. She is a Member of the South Australian Skills Commission, and Chairs the Agribusiness, Food & Wine/Beverages Industry Skills Council.
With experience as a primary producer in two states, advocacy and policy experience in a major State Farming Organisation, and a career in major food retail and supply chains, Cam brings a wealth of real-world perspective and knowledge to PPSA and South Australia. Cam was most recently Grains Policy Director with AgForce Queensland, representing the interests of Queensland’s broadacre farmers and graziers across numerous cross-commodity issues including successfully navigating the COVID-19 impacts on producers and contractors.
Cam brings a strong understanding of various production systems, national agricultural advocacy bodies, and the workings of both state and federal governments. He is an alumni of agricultural industry leadership programs and is active in giving back to the industry via formal and informal mentoring.
NRM Liaison Officer
Greg has had three decades of public sector roles in land, water and biodiversity management. He published studies on land and water management along the River Murray, played a significant role in the ‘Decade of Landcare’ and worked on integrating resource management legislation, which led to the NRM and subsequent Landscape Act. Greg had a pivotal role in the government’s millennium drought response program.
Prior to joining Primary Producers SA he contracted to Livestock SA, contributing to delivery of a Murray Darling Basin environmental watering project through the Department of Environment and Water. He is a current Board member of the Murraylands and Riverland Landscape Board and Director and part owner of a private wetland complex off the River Murray.
Finance Officer/EO for EW Stevens Trust
Alyssa joined the PPSA team in December 2021. She works to support the organisation through continuous improvement of its corporate governance, risk management and operating systems. She has been working within the not-for-profit sector since 2010, is a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA) and an affiliated member of the Governance Institute of Australia.
Alyssa also acts as the Executive Officer for the EW Stevens Trust, supporting the Board of Trustees in the ongoing management of the fund.
William is originally from Loxton in the Riverland and has a deep interest in the issues affecting South Australia’s agriculture sector. William previously completed a 12-month traineeship with Member for Chaffey, Tim Whetstone MP where he also gained a Certificate III in Business through TafeSA. He is currently completing a Bachelor of Business (Economics, Finance & Trade) through the University of South Australia and is a Hawker Scholar residing at St Marks College.
Professor simon maddocks
Chair / PPSA
Simon has a long career in education and research with a focus on agricultural and biomedical science applications. He was Vice Chancellor of Charles Darwin University from 2014 to 2020 and prior to that a Professor of Animal Science and Director, Roseworthy Campus at the University of Adelaide. He has also been the Chief Scientist, Livestock & Farming Systems and Director, Science Partnerships with the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI).
Simon is a passionate advocate of the role education plays in assisting people to capitalise on their inherent potential. He believes quality research and innovation is the key to a productive and sustainable economy.
Simon’s extensive leadership experience at senior levels of both academia and government has awarded him an international research reputation in agricultural and biomedical science. He also holds a strong record of working closely with industry partners including Cooperative Research Centres and with organisations such as the Menzies Foundation.
Chair / Grain Producers SA
Adrian is a grain grower at Hamley Bridge. His family has been farming in the Mid North since 1956 and also farms on the western slopes of New South Wales. Adrian was appointed to the GPSA Board in December 2016, held the position of Vice Chair from 2018, and became GPSA Chair in 2020. Adrian is passionate about advancing the grain industry’s sustainability agenda and promoting the grain industry as a major contributor to the state’s economy.
Deputy Chair / Horticulture Coalition of South Australia
Jordan is Chief Executive Officer of the South Australian vegetable industry association AUSVEG SA which represents the interests of South Australia’s $2 billion vegetable sector. Jordan is a passionate advocate for the South Australian horticultural industry and in his current role has overseen the roll out of a number of R&D and business capability building programs such as export development and innovation training programs to benefit industry.
President / Livestock SA
Joe is a partner in Keyneton Station, a family farming business based in the Eastern Mount Lofty Ranges and South East, grazing Merino sheep, Angus cattle and first-cross lambs. Joe has a long involvement in regional and state organisations including the Natural Resources Management Council and the SA Murray-Darling Basin NRM Board. Joe has been a director on WoolProducers Australia and is the treasurer of PPSA, and current chair of the PPSA Natural Resources Committee.
President / South Australian Dairyfarmers' Association
John and wife Karen are equity managers in a 600-cow dairy situated in the Lower South East and co-own a neighbouring 240-cow dairy with John’s brother. They have recently purchased an adjoining 75 hectares, with plans to convert it to a 250-cow dairy. John joined SADA in 2013 with a keen interest in helping facilitate the next generation of dairy farmers; protecting the farmer’s right to farm; securing profitability in the industry and establishing more transparency in industry-relevant government policy and planning. John is secretary of PPSA.
Chief Executive Officer /
South Australian Forest Products Association
Nathan has been at the forefront of industry advocacy for two decades, driving debate and influencing public policy at the highest levels of state and federal government. He has represented diverse industries from property, motor trades, concrete and cement, Chamber of Commerce and Industry and now forestry. As CEO of SAFPA, Nathan is the chief political advocate for the South Australia’s forest products industry.
Chair / Wine Grape Council of SA
Adrian is a fifth generation Barossa Grape grower. Adrian grew the vineyard from a modest 15ha in 1992 to currently just over 75ha. Adrian, his wife April and three children live on the home property purchased back in 1857. Adrian has been actively involved in many industry and regional organisations, including six years on the Board of the Barossa Grape and Wine Association and past chair of Grape Barossa. He is a graduate of the Future Leaders program for the wine industry and is a Baron of the Barossa.