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Newsletter: SA Report

By Lachie Seears, 2013 Scholar and Chair

December 2017

2017 has been a year some would like to forget while others have been very happy.  It has thrown many challenges to farmers in South Australia. Some areas had a very delayed start to the season, particularly the Eyre Peninsula, with very little late autumn / early winter rainfall, to large areas getting some very late rains during harvest. The South-East has enjoyed a good spring with decent rainfall and great pasture growth, and with livestock and wool prices so buoyant there is some confidence amongst growers.

We have had a very successful 2017 with three new Scholars being awarded in Darwin to travel in 2018. They are Grant Pontifex, James Stacey and Tom Robinson. Congratulations to all three and we look forward to following your journey’s.  In Darwin at the National Conference, we also had four 2016 Scholars present their travels and findings.  Well done to Randall Wilksch, Jack England, Michael Vorrasi and Dennis Holder it was great to see where your studies and travel have taken you and we look forward to reading your reports.

On Sunday, 2 December we had our Nuffield SA Christmas drinks, held before the day/night Ashes Test match. It was very well attended with approx. 25-30 Scholars, partners and children attending. It was great to have Scholars from the 1980’s all the way through to the three new 2018 Scholars in attendance to meet the Alumni.

Earlier in the year, we held our AGM and regional tour from Renmark in the Riverland and visited several Scholar properties and other local businesses. It was a great event and many thanks to James (2011 Sch) and Kerrie Robertson for organising it.  The 2018 AGM and regional tour will be held on the Eyre Peninsula at the end of March (exact dates TBC).  We hope that as many of the Alumni can make the effort to get over and support the EP Scholars as it is sure to be a fantastic weekend!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone on the state executive committee your efforts and willingness to give up time and travel to events has made it a pleasure to work with you in 2017.  I would also like to wish you all a Happy Christmas and a very prosperous 2018.

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