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Friday, July 15, 2016

SAGIT celebrates 25 year anniversary

The South Australian Grain Industry Trust last week celebrated its 25 year anniversary with a lunch for former trustees and staff incorporating the launch of the Champions of Innovation – A 25-year Celebration booklet.
Inaugural trustee Ken Schaefer spoke fondly of his time at SAGIT and applauded the current trustees and researchers for carrying on his legacy. Grain Producers SA chairman Garry Hansen also spoke to the invited crowd, which included most of the trust’s former trustees, the Shadow Minister for Agriculture David Ridgway, PIRSA’s Dave Lewis, and about 60 researchers.
Current SAGIT chairman Michael Treloar paid tribute to SAGIT founders for “their wisdom and foresight”.
“Being grower trustees, we understand the needs of growers in South Australia and how their needs vary from region to region,” he said.
“The wisdom and foresight of the organisation’s founders have placed this state in good stead to lead the way in grain research. SAGIT truly is a champion of innovation and we pride ourselves on considering all research applications.”
The Champions of Innovation booklet features a short history of the organisation, as well as case studies of past and present research and testimonials from growers and industry representatives. An interactive version is available online on the SAGIT website.
Mr Treloar also highlighted some statistics during his presentation including:

  • Since its establishment in 1991, SAGIT has funded 237 research projects
  • SAGIT has invested almost $28 million dollars
  • The average length of a project is three years
  • The trust is accountable to growers through an annual report on levy spending, which is also provided to the South Australian Minister for Agriculture
  • An update is provided by the SAGIT chairman to the Grain Producers SA Annual General Meeting
  • Research is extended to growers through the SAGIT website, Facebook, Twitter, research summaries, media and annual Snapshot booklet
  • Levy increases have been minimal – from 12c/t in 2002 to 30c/t now

The lunch formed part of the SAGIT Annual Update, a full-day workshop designed to provide current and future SAGIT-funded researchers with insight on applying for funding, running effective trials, presenting data and information in an engaging manner, and providing direction to SAGIT on areas of particular need.
Researchers were present from all three South Australian universities, SARDI and PIRSA, as well as the farming systems groups.

The Champions of Innovation - A 25-Year Celebration booklet is available online at

Current and former trustees at the SAGIT Annual Update in Adelaide last week. From left: SAGIT Scientific Officer Allan Mayfield, SAGIT Project Manager Malcolm Buckby, PIRSA's Dave Lewis, SAGIT trustee Caroline Rhodes, former trustee Peter Gibson, former trustee Peter Kuhlmann, SAGIT Chairman Michael Treloar, former executive manager Geoff Thomas, inaugural trustee Ken Schaefer, former trustee Jim Heaslip, GPSA Chairman Garry Hansen, inaugural trustee Rip Van Velsen, former trustee David Shannon, current trustee Bryan Smith, inaugural trustee Malcolm Sargent, Shadow Minister for Agriculture David Ridgway, current trustee Ted Langley and current trustee Max Young.

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Grain Producers SA Chairman Garry Hansen with former SAGIT trustees David Shannon and Jim Heaslip.

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The University of Adelaide's Graham Lyons with SAGIT Chairman Michael Treloar.

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For interviews, contact Michael Treloar, SAGIT chairman, 0427 765 034.
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