THE WHO’S WHO of the grains industry will gather at the Goondiwindi Cultural Centre on Friday, September 1, for what AgForce Grains President Wayne Newton describes as the grains industry’s ‘night of nights’ — the Queensland Grains Gala Dinner.
“With innovation a focus of this year’s event, it makes sense to go back to where so many new technologies were pioneered,” he said.
“From 50 metre booms to early controlled traffic systems, many good ideas came to fruition around Goondiwindi, and we want to ensure the night acknowledges and celebrates that.
“While it’s been a pretty dry start to the season for most, we’re hoping that by September, we’ve had decent falls of rain and are looking at good crops with harvest just around the corner.”
Mr Newton (pictured) said nominations are now being called for the AgForce Grains Innovation Awards, with winners to be announced at the gala dinner.
“We will be recognising up to three individuals or organisations for their commitment to enhancing the long-term sustainability and profitability of the grain supply chain through innovation, technology and development,” he said.
“There are countless individuals and organisations that look outside the box and ultimately help industry continuously grow and adapt. AgForce Grains wants to recognise these contributions and continue to foster the innovative approach to farming that typifies Australian agriculture.”
Mr Newton said another highlight of the event would be a farm tour on the Friday, taking in operations in and around Goondiwindi that showcase innovation, diversification and how farmers in that part of Queensland operate.
It will kick off with presentations and tours of key Goondiwindi businesses, including Chesterfield, followed by a tour of a range of farming operations in the area. Telstra will also be on hand to address the latest telco innovations designed to support the ag sector space.
In conjunction with the farm tour, Ritchie Bros will be supplying a bus service for interested parties who would like to attend its farm machinery sale at Keytah, near Moree, returning late afternoon in time for the dinner.
Mr Newton thanked all the sponsors who helped make the event possible, including Chesterfield (Diamond), IOR Petroleum, Graincorp, NAB (Platinum), Tait Toyota and The Woods Group (Gold).
He also thanked Silver sponsors Vanderfield, Port of Brisbane, Northern Oil, Farmarco and Goondiwindi Regional Council, along with Innovation in Ag awards sponsor John Deere and farm tour sponsor Ritchie Bros.
To book tickets and for more information about the dinner, innovation awards and industry tours, visit www.agforceqld.org.au
A complementary bus service will be available to transport guests to and from Toowoomba and Dalby to the dinner on the night.