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Ag integration critical for prosperity plans

Ag integration critical for prosperity plans

Energy and water are shaping up as significant issues at both a state and national level this year, particularly as the state government touts major investments in the north of SA. I was privy to a presentation from Premier Peter Malinauskas recently on the State...

SA’s economic future begins at farm gates

SA’s economic future begins at farm gates

ALMOST 12 months ago, the 2023 State Economic Statement was released to set the vision for economic development based on pillars of smart, sustainable, and inclusive priorities. The Premier boldly called upon SA to forge a new role in the global economy, as we could...

Education critical to close agri skills gap

Education critical to close agri skills gap

South Australia played host to the National Association of Agricultural Educators Conference recently, at Victor Harbor, where I was fortunate enough to outline some of Primary Producers SA's work in the education space. The important work ag teachers and educators do...

Strong ag advocacy critical going forward

Strong ag advocacy critical going forward

One of the most rewarding aspects of my role at Primary Producers SA is to work across commodity interests on issues that support farming enterprises to remain profitable and sustainable, both now and into the future.  Often these issues aren’t immediately...

Voice provided to SA’s primary industries

Voice provided to SA’s primary industries

Having recently submitted a final report to the South Australian government on the Developing primary industries project - and with Primary Producers SA celebrating 10 years in 2023 - it is pertinent to reflect on the transformation of PPSA and look ahead to the...

Rural voices must be heard in energy transition

Rural voices must be heard in energy transition

SA's transition to renewable energy has captured the attention of policy makers and industry alike, particularly as we grapple with the impacts of climate change and the need to do more to reduce our emissions. In just over 16 years, SA's electricity mix has shifted...

Focus needed to hold SA’s R&D reputation

Focus needed to hold SA’s R&D reputation

At the recent Growing SA Conference in Adelaide, hosted by Grain Producers SA and Livestock SA, I was asked to present on the topic, 'is SA still a leader in agricultural research and development?' There was a time when I would have staunchly argued in the affirmative...

Keep ag in mind to avoid growing pains

Keep ag in mind to avoid growing pains

IT would take a brave person to argue against building more houses in the midst of the widely-reported housing crisis. I am not that person. However, what I and the Primary Producers SA policy council do argue is that the planning decision-making framework should pay...

Reaching out can make a world of difference

Reaching out can make a world of difference

We all know the feeling – lying in bed at night, thinking of all the things you need to get done or about all of the problems in the world. But what if these feeling won’t go away and they start to affect your life in a very negative way? One of the biggest challenges...

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