March 14, 2013
The Victorian Farmers Federation Grains Group Conference will mark the final event Andrew Weidemann will chair as President. “My time in the chair has been a rewarding and worthwhile experience, but I recently took over as Chairman of Grain Producers Australia, so it’s time to hand the VFF reins over,” he said. Mr Weidemann has welcomed his successor, Quambatook grain grower Brett Hosking. “Brett is a passionate and dedicated VFF member and Grains Group councillor, and his step up from acting-Vice President will only strengthen the group.” “I nominated him for the Grain Growers Limited (GGL) Future Grain Leaders course which he finished last year, taking a look at advocacy and grower representation within the industry,” he said. “It’s good to have someone like Brett coming along within the organisation; he’s obviously shown great leadership qualities already and will be a valuable asset to our members.” The annual three – day conference kicks off in Mildura on Sunday, with panel sessions focussing on chemicals, globalisation and a tech-savvy new generation of grain growers. “It will be a fantastic event, so if the registration form is sitting on the ‘to-do’ pile, you need to get onto it fast before you miss out,” he said. “Our theme this year is “The impact of Globalisation on the Australian Grain Industry”, which really offers something for everyone.” The conference will start with a welcome barbeque dinner on Sunday 17th at the Mildura Brewery, followed by two days of panel sessions at the Grand Hotel on the 18th and 19th. The annual Gala dinner on Monday 18th will feature Todd Russell, one of the heroes of the 2006 Beaconsfield Mine disaster, who will tell of his 14 days trapped underground and his story of survival. “We’re really looking forward to listening to Todd’s story; it’s an incredible show of courage and mateship which I’m sure growers will relate to. “Now is the time to register for the VFF Grains Conference; make sure you are up to date and have your say on the future of the industry,” Mr. Weidemann said.