The VFF Grains Group kicked off 2017 with the 38th Annual VFF Grains Conference. Held at the Horsham Town Hall, the conference attracted a large group of members and industry representatives.
The theme for this year’s conference was ‘Managing Farm Finance and Risk’. Key-note speaker John Fraser, Secretary to the Australian Treasury, opened the panel sessions with a thought-provoking discussion on the risks facing the grain industry at a national and international level. The theme of risk and farm profitability was further explored by a selection of industry representative discussing a diverse range of topics including harvest challenges, financial risk mitigation via new block chain technology and effective fumigation strategies.
The conference is an important time for members to vote on issues that will form the basis of the Grain Council’s policies for the coming year. In response to resolutions passed by the member base, the conference called upon:
The efforts of our members were also celebrated with VFF Life Memberships awarded to both Robert (Bob) Watters and Ian Hastings for their tireless commitment and extensive contributions to the VFF.
Thank you to the many people who joined us for the 2017 VFF Grains Conference this year, and to our sponsors for their continued support of the event.