Ricegrowers to reflect on the past and look to the future at 2014 Conference

11 Jul 2014 1:17 PM -

Registrations have now opened for the Ricegrowers’ Association of Australia’s (RGA) Annual Conference which will be held on 7 and 8 August at the Swan Hill Town Hall, Victoria.

RGA President, Les Gordon, said the theme for the 2014 Conference is “Sowing the seeds for an agricultural success story” which will be interpreted through a range of interesting topics on the day including the growth of the rice industry since the planting of the first commercial crop by Jõ Takasuka in 1914 and how the industry will continue to thrive into the future.

“We have secured two very interesting guest speakers this year. The first is Dr Gary Lewis, author of The Growers’ Paddy: Land, Water and Co-operation in the Australian Rice Industry to the 1990s and An Illustrated History of the Riverina Rice Industry. Gary is recognised as the leading authority on the history of Australian co-operatives. He will speak about the significant role the Takasuka family played in developing the rice industry 100 years ago.”

“Our second speaker is Geoff Akers, Chairman of Dairy Australia, who will share his thinking on farm profitability and its important role in industries taking advantage of opportunities for growth,” Mr Gordon said.

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