The agriculture sector, Kangaroo Island's largest industry sector, held its 2019 biennial conference last Friday, August 16.
The event was hosted by Agriculture Kangaroo Island (AgKI), partnering with Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA).
The conference was attended by 118 delegates, held at the Kingscote Town Hall, brought together the Island's farmers and producers with world-class speakers, from across Australia.
State Member for Finniss David Basham formally opened the conference on behalf of Tim Whetstone MP, Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development.
Also, in attendance were KI Mayor Michael Pengilly and Dr Christine Pudy of MLA.
Topics of the day included Cropping for grain and grazing by Nick Poole, Decision making by Cam Nicholson, Save-a-Mate by Kevin Nash, Animal Welfare by Dr Christine Purdy, Precision Lambing by Tim Leeming and closing with Seasonal Forecasting by Dale Grey.
All speakers were very well received, with many positive comments made on the day about both the calibre of the presentations and the value that they add to on ground activities on Kangaroo Island.
Andrew Heinrich and Jenny Stanton, new KI NRM Board chairman and board member respectively, provided an update to the activities of the NRM Board and future projects of Natural Resources Kangaroo Island (NRKI).
The AgKI AGM, held during the dinner break of the conference saw Rick Morris and Jamie Heinrich re-elected chairman and deputy chairman, respectively.
The AgKI Board also welcomed new members Caitlin Berry and Stephanie Wurst, replacing retiring board members Damien Florance and Daniel Pledge.
It was also proudly announced that membership of AgKI had exceeded 150 members and that the association was in a strong financial position.
AgKI announced partnerships with the association, including MLA, PIRSA, NR KI (Platinum), G&J East (Strathalbyn) (Silver), along with Elders, Kangaroo Island Plantation Timbers and Landmark (Bronze).
The next AgKI biennial conference will be held in 2021.