2013 marks the 17 year anniversary of AgKI. In that time we as an organisation have grown tremendously and we are now well recognised as the peak primary producers organisation on Kangaroo Island by all Island and off Island organisations.
We remain unique in SA (and possible Australia) in the role we play – part advocate, part research, part policy, part education and wholly in support of agriculture and the role it plays on KI.
Our current Board:
- Andrew Heinrich (Chair)
- Peter Lovering
- Rick Morris
- Ros Willson
- Carly Buttrose (Vice Chair)
- Alan Childs
- Peter Cooper
- Colin Bolto
- Lyn Dohle (PIRSA rep)
- Jayne Bates [KIFA rep]
- Kate Buck (non voting, KI NRM rep)
- Faye Stephenson (Executive Officer)
Highlights from 2013 so far
Membership – our membership base currently stands at over one third of Kangaroo Island primary producers. If you're not a member then this is what you are missing out on:
- Monthly E-news which provides a quick update on what's happening and relevant agriculture information
- Printed quarterly newsletter posted direct to you
- KI Ag Trials booklet posted direct to you
- Subsidy on soil test kits
- Subsidy on kikuyu seed
- Discount rate at AgKI hosted events and workshops
- Access to all trials information via the AgKI website
- A voice for issues impacting primary production on Kangaroo Island
Projects – AgKI receives funding from both State and Federal Govt to conduct a range of projects on Kangaroo Island. Full details of most of these projects are written up in the trials page of this website. The current projects include:
- Soil acidity- working with farmers to address the issues of soil acidity and the impacts of sub soil acidity
- Grain and Graze – a three year project evaluating the grazing value (quality and quantity) of kikuyu pastures
- Soil testing – AgKI was fortunate to be able to source funding to enable a soil testing service for landholders on Kangaroo Island, which makes it cost effective for members and provides interpretation support and guidance
- Waterlogging and cropping trials – a range of trials are continuing from wheat variety trial, to pea inoculums', to waterlogging & stubble management
- Perennial pastures – ongoing management of the long term trial sites on Tremaine's, Paxton's and Murton's to identify which perennials are best suited to KI
- Farmer Fridays - rural men's get togethers, where farmers hear a speaker talk on a topic of interest whilst enjoying a BBQ tea, a couple of beers and have the opportunity to talk to other farmers/rural men, who often don't get the chance to interact socially. Farmer Fridays grew from the Men in Communities program.
- Continued support to the KI Young Farmers Group - assisting to send a group of young farmers to the SANTFA conference in the Riverland.
- 'Ag Science - Students of the Year' School Awards – in conjunction with generous sponsorship from Elders and Landmark. We presented an award to the top agriculture students from each campus on KI. The 2012 winners were Ashley Kelly and Nathan Bell.
- Meetings with Ministers and senior executive's of PIRSA – this enables us to raise issues directly with the key decision makers.
- A range of field days, farm walks and information sessions from cropping field days and kikuyu farm walks to a animal health update/information seminar.
Past Trial projects:
Farm Ready – this was a major three year project and key activities this year involved the establishment of the pasture cropping/kikuyu trial, the development of a 'controlling dam evaporation' pamphlet, deep incorporation of organic matter trial, development and printing of this Ag Trial booklet, provision of technical support to landholders
Support to Basic Bushfire safety skills for women – a two day workshop giving Island women the chance to learn basic bushfire safety skills to assist them to become bushfire ready.
Men in Communities program, a 'blokes only' workshop conducted over three sessions giving men in the community the knowledge and skills to better support other men.
Purchase of small plot seeding and harvesting gear – for the first time almost since the research centre was closed we now have located permanently on KI our own small plot seeder and harvester to enable us to undertake cropping trial work more effectively.
Ongoing support to the KI Young Farmers Group with speaker James Peck talking on farming in England, diversifying and finding solutions to management issues.
If you're not a member of AgKI and would like to be able to take advantage of all the benefits listed above, then join now. To join simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for an application form.