Supporting Next Generation Ag – Adelaide Uni Growing the Future event


SPAA was thrilled to once again be part of the Growing the Future #GTF event organised by the Adelaide University Ag Students Association on the 15th August with 240 attendees. Robin Schaefer, SPAA committee member, and Bill Burgess attended the event held in the Ian McLaughlin Room, Adelaide Oval and manned our trade exhibit.

The event has fast become a popular ‘must attend’ for industry reps to mix with graduates and enthusiastic young people looking to launch a career in agriculture. The format began with two workshops, this year with topics covering ‘identifying five issues in agriculture and overcoming them’ and ‘starting your own business in agriculture – what skills are needed?’.

Over the evening meal, two panels with industry representatives covered two different questions – ‘do we need to improve the education about how food and fibre are produced, and how can we achieve this?’, and ‘what does the use of new technologies mean for the entire industry and how competitive Australian agriculture is moving forward in to the future?’. Robin Schaefer was part of the second panel and discussed some of the trends seen through SPAA, in particular rapidly moving progression in horticulture technology and livestock technology.

SPAA had the job of ‘wrapping up’ the evening, and Bill encouraged the graduate to challenge their thinking about agriculture and what opportunities may be presented to them in the next ten years, and of course to consider Precision Agriculture as an exciting field to work in.

Meet our new Technical Programs Manager


Today we welcome Mr Bill Burgess to our team, commencing in the role of Technical Programs Manager.

Born and bred South Australian, Bill and his family have settled down in the Barossa Valley.

Bill has a broad agricultural background of Cropping and Livestock, but most recently 5 years with a marketing and sales roles with Croplands Equipment.

Bill says “I’m really looking forward to meeting new people and extending my network whilst facilitating the real world uptake on Precision Ag technical and management systems. I’m keen to try and bring value to as many different Ag sectors as possible and am proud to be working with Australian farmers.”

In his spare time, Bill volunteers as a councillor for the National Grains and Fodder Committee based at the Adelaide Show and in the warmer months can often be found on the River water skiing with friends and family.

To get in touch with Bill, contact him via email on or phone 0400 279 969.

New face on the SPAA committee


The results of the 2018 SPAA AGM held on Monday 10th September welcome some new faces to the committee. We are thrilled to announce Rohan Rainbow who was our organisations 1st Executive Officer elected to serve a role on the management committee. “A reason for wanting to come back and support SPAA has been to assist the committee through the many challenges that government will present to industry with around issues such as data rights and automation regulation and social licence. I thought i could also bring my experience in development of national strategy to assist the committee with planning. I really feel it is time for me to give something back to growers” said Rohan. Also returning to serve another term is Robin Schaefer, Denis Pozzebon, Mark Branson, and treasurer Chad Glover

Sadly, it was time for long-term member Sam Trengove to hang up his boots after an incredible nine years. Sam was instrumental in a number of our research programs and grower groups activities, and although no longer on the committee, will no doubt will stay well connected with SPAA.

Bramley recognised with a SPAA life membership


Dr Robert Bramley, a researcher with CSIRO from Adelaide, SA has been announced as the recipient of the SPAA Life membership award.

Dr Bramley is highly respected in Australia and overseas for the research he has, and continues to undertake within the field of Precision Agriculture. His research work spans over 20 years and the contribution he has made to winegrape and sugarcane production is best described as ‘pioneering’. He has published many articles in peer-reviewed journals and in popular industry magazines, including SPAA’s own quarterly magazine Precision Ag News. Rob has presented at numerous SPAA symposia and expos, as well as SPAA-initiated field days.

Nicole Dimos, SPAA Executive Officer said “He has willingly shared his views and time, and with the respect he holds amongst his peers and SPAA members, has helped to promote SPAA as a credible, professional organisation”.

Dr Bramley was a founding SPAA committee member in 2002 and continued as a committee member until 2009. Within that time he was actively engaged at meetings and in all lines on communication.

Dr Bramley continues to be an active member of the SPAA Editorial committee.. His knowledge and critique of articles has ensured that published information is of a high standard and accurate in detail.

Dr Bramley was recognised at the 21st PA Symposium held this week in Adelaide. Former SPAA president Mr Mark Branson, who worked alongside Dr Bramley on the SPAA committee, presented the award. Mr Branson said, “Rob is a deserving recipient for the award, and was overwhelmingly nominated by fellow precision agriculture members and supporters”. The award recognises individuals who have demonstrated a remarkable and ongoing commitment to SPAA, which has enhanced its standing within its membership and the wider community, and a commitment that does not seek personal reward.

Dr Bramley receives a life membership to SPAA and a plaque to commemorate his achievements.

Attending the 21st PA Symposium, Dr Bramley said “I am humbled and honoured to have been nominated and to receive such a significant award. To me, this award celebrates the great partnerships that SPAA has formed with its members and stakeholders. What I’m most pleased about is the way my research team has used learnings about PA in one agricultural sector to inspire advances in another, which is exactly what SPAA also promotes.”

SPAA Factsheet features in The Weekly Times February Crop Gear magazine


Did you see the article in the February issue of The Weekly Times Crop Gear magazine about Weed Sensing Technology? Did you want to learn more about this, download our factsheet now filled with a list of benefits and case studies!

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