The next generation of SA's agricultural leaders are set to boost their skills through GPSA's Emerging Leaders Program, modelled on the highly successful SAFF Future Leaders Program that was established in the early 2000s.

The program is adapted for contemporary leadership challenges including social media and director responsibilities and will serve as a training ground; supporting succession planning for GPSA and its member organisations, through participation in committee structures and eventually at Board level.

The program initiates structured pathways for future leadership development and offers access to a range of industry leaders and partner organisations working with GPSA to deliver its mandate to be the voice of South Australian grain growers.

Participants will learn more about advocacy, effective communication, industry networking, research and innovation and the political landscape.

They will also gain a global perspective of agricultural leadership with an international study tour to the United States and Canada which will focus on international trade, advocacy in the US farm sector, biotechnology and other emerging technologies. 

The inaugural cohort was announced on Thursday 30 May. They are:

  • Rebakah Starick, Punthari

  • Natalie Sommerville, Spalding

  • Luke Stoeckel, Renmark

  • James Heaslip, Appila

  • Dion Woolford, Kimba

  • Chris Moloney, Arthurton

  • Chad Nickolls, Pinnaroo

  • Andrew Lehmann, Unley