MPF welcomes new committee at AGM

Murray Plains Farmers celebrated a successful 2019 and welcomed a new committee member at its Annual General Meeting on January 9.

Murraylands prime lamb enterprise and feedlot operator Mel McGorman was appointed to the MPF committee. She joins president Steen Paech, vice president Will Graetz, secretary Rebekah Starick, treasurer Zoe Starkey and committee members Adrian Bormann, Deanna Lush, Daniel Seidel and Sharon Starick.

In addition, a new role was added to the MPF office bearers, with Zoe Starkey taking on the new position as the group’s coordinator.

In his president’s report, Mr Paech outlined the highlights for 2019 including the ongoing Profitable Pulses for the Murray Plains trial, funded by the SA Grain Industry Trust; record attendance at the 2019 MPF Post-Harvest Seminar and the hugely successful Drought Recovery Dinner at Sedan in June.

“The MPF committee has worked really hard to secure some great research and great speakers to its events in 2019. As president, I say a special thanks to our committee who volunteer their time to ensure our region has direct access to this expertise,” he said.

Mr Paech thanked MPF sponsors for their support including Australian Custom Engineering, Lyndoch Motors, Natural Resources SA Murray-Darling Basin, Ronco Motors, SA Grain Industry Trust, AW Vater & Co and M&D Seed Services.

“The group’s aim is to increase the productivity, profitability and sustainability of Murray Plains primary producers and in 2020, we’ll be running the third year of the profitable pulses trial and looking to increase our offering of livestock-related content.

“Anyone with an interest in furthering primary production in our region or connecting with farmers is encouraged to get in touch with us to discuss involvement and plans for 2020.”