Outgoing SAGIT trustee Michael Treloar is encouraging any grain grower with an interest in and understanding of the importance of research to apply for the position.
Following eight years as a trustee, including almost four as chairman, Michael said his time with SAGIT had been rewarding.
“For me, personally, I now have a greater understanding of how the research community works and its importance to grain growers across the state,” he said.
“I have seen a definite improvement in relationships between the SAGIT trustees and management and the research community with an appreciation of the work involved with research.
“There has also been an increase in communications with growers which has meant a greater understanding of what it is SAGIT does and how the contribution is being invested, which has been worthwhile.”
Michael said there were a couple of projects which stood out in his mind as having provided direct benefit to his farming operation at Yeelanna, on the Eyre Peninsula.
“SAGIT has long invested in SARDI and Dr Alan McKay’s work on soilborne root diseases. This research is world-class, and he’s delivered a range of positive outcomes from those projects,” he said.
“Similarly, the soil moisture probe network project on the Eyre Peninsula was a big investment which involved many growers and highlighted the importance of technology in allowing growers to maximise yields.
“At the end of the day, that’s what it’s all about. We invest in projects that help growers make decisions to improve yield.”
Michael also said the investment in the next generation of researchers was something SAGIT could be proud of.
“With the Hart internship program over the years, and previously with SARDI, and now this year with an intern project on the Eyre Peninsula, it demonstrates SAGIT’s commitment to increasing capacity in certain areas of the state,” he said.
Michael said if anyone was thinking about applying, he would “absolutely recommend it”.
“It’s a dynamic and rewarding group that operates very much as a team to identify where best to invest the grower contribution,” he said.
“Trustees need to have a state-wide view of research and the importance of research to all rainfall zones, soil types, growing conditions. SAGIT is designed to invest in projects that have real outcomes that are passed onto growers.
“If you have got a passion and interest in it, then definitely apply.”
SAGIT chair Max Young congratulated Michael on his contribution as a SAGIT trustee.
“I would like to congratulate Michael on his successful tenure with SAGIT, he has been an insightful and loyal contributor to our organisation,” he said.
“Michael contributed his sound knowledge of the grain industry to his time with SAGIT and previous experience with research organisations such as Lower Eyre Agricultural Development Association and the South Australian No-Till Farmers Association.”
Max said the organisation was looking for a grower with a keen interest in research.
“If you have a passion and understanding of cutting-edge research and the benefits it can bring you as a grain grower, then joining SAGIT could be for you,” he said.
“It’s also helpful if someone has been involved with other research or committees so they have that board experience.”
Grain Producers SA will coordinate the recruitment of Michael’s replacement on the board of trustees.
GPSA chair Wade Dabinett commended Michael for the way he led SAGIT during his time as chairman and for his contribution to research benefitting South Australian growers.
“SAGIT is the jewel in the crown of the South Australian grain industry and is the envy of other states,” he said.
“To have South Australian growers investing directly in research to benefit the state is a wonderful thing and is something we should be proud of.
“We have a diverse and dynamic grain industry in South Australia and I strongly encourage growers who reflect these values and have a passion for driving our industry forward to apply for the position of Group A Trustee.”
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