They help put food on our tables, contribute enormously to the state’s economy and uphold the livelihood of our regions.
South Australian farmers are the lifeblood of our country communities and are big players in the state’s overall economic welfare, with agriculture contributing to 25% of our economy.
Our agricultural researchers and biosecurity workers are equally important to our state’s reputation for being clean, green, pest free and one of the most sustainable food and wine growing regions on the planet.
When his father established Mt Boothby Pastoral Company in the late 1970s, Andrew Johnson knew farming would be his livelihood. He is now responsible for one of the state’s largest piggeries – a 10,000 acre enterprise in the Tintinara region.
Former director of Nuffield International, and Nuffield Australia chair, Andrew is confident about the future of SA’s pig industry, praising its progression of SA’s pork industry in quality assurance, food safety, welfare, environmental regulations, genetic improvements and bio energy production.
Andrew emphasises the importance of buying local, assuring a solid future for families like his, and his employees.
“The economic impact per sow is about $3000 back into the community, so that gives you an idea about what impact it has. The pig industry is incredibly important in our regions.”
“I love livestock and animals, country areas and the people in them, I love my community.”
22 years of age and in her final year of Agricultural Science, Elizabeth Ward is fortunate enough to spend most of her working week amongst grapevines and almond trees in SA’s McLaren Vale region.
With a curiosity for food production and a passion for our state’s abundance of premium produce, Elizabeth was driven to pursue a career in agribusiness, a sector in SA that is providing certainty for post graduate careers.
Her education has exposed her to crop, livestock and soil sciences, biology, biochemistry, genetics and animal health. Recently landing an internship with agricultural consultancy DJ’s Growers, Elizabeth is putting her education to practice, working in agronomy to detect pests and disease.
“One of the key selling points for students is that 91% of ag science graduates find full-time employment within months of finishing their degree.”,” she says.
“I’m proud to be part of South Australia’s agribusiness, bringing premium produce to the world.”
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I Choose SA for Industry Events
Brand South Australia host a series of special events showcasing prominent speakers and success stories within each industry. These events provide connections and networking with the business community and our partners.
Industry Briefing attendees heard from:
- Mark McLean, Chair, Pork SA
- Caroline Rhodes, CEO, Grain Producers SA
Industry Briefings are ticketed events and open to the public. Brand South Australia Gold and Platinum Members have free access to Industry Briefings and also have the opportunity to gain behind the scenes exposure at an Industry Showcase or to connect with inspirational local industry leaders at a
I Choose SA for Industry Sponsorship
This program is open for sponsorship which offers businesses the chance to align their brand with the broader I Choose SA program, and the message of growth in our state, as well as the chance to connect with industry leaders and the business community. As we delve into South Australia’s key growth industries, the program will explore opportunities for big and small business, jobs of the future and look at how entrepreneurial thinking and digital technology will shape our state in the years to come.
Find out more about sponsorship here.
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