Hort Con­nec­tions sees top achiev­ers saluted

Warwick Daily News - South West Queensland Rural Weekly - - News - DAVID THOM­SON Grow­com CEO

AUS­TRALIA’S pre­mier hor­ti­cul­ture event Hort Con­nec­tions 2018 wel­comed lead­ing thinkers from around Aus­tralia and across the globe and cel­e­brated some of in­dus­try’s very best at the Na­tional Awards for Ex­cel­lence.

Our chief ad­vo­cate, Rachel Macken­zie, was awarded the Women in Hor­ti­cul­ture Award and Frank and Dianne Sci­acca, Grow­com mem­bers from Pa­cific Coast Pro­duce in In­n­is­fail, re­ceived the En­vi­ron­men­tal Award for their com­mit­ment to sus­tain­able farm­ing prac­tices on-farm.

We also con­grat­u­late our mem­bers from Dicky Bill Aus­tralia who took out the ti­tle of the NAB Agribusi­ness Ex­porter of the Year.

Grow­com was proud to par­tic­i­pate as a co-host of this year’s con­fer­ence along­side AUSVEG and PMA Aus­tralia-New Zealand Lim­ited (PMA A-NZ). Nearly 3000 lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional del­e­gates con­verged for the three-day event fea­tur­ing a trade show with around 200 lo­cal and global sup­ply chain part­ners.

Our booth was a hive of en­ergy and con­ver­sa­tion, in­clud­ing vis­its from Na­tional Farm­ers’ Fed­er­a­tion (NFF) chair Fiona Sim­son and grow­ers from in­dus­try groups in Canada and New Zealand.

Our staff were on hand to an­swer ques­tions about the in­no­va­tion coach, ex­port fa­cil­i­ta­tor, Queens­land Agri­cul­ture Work­force Net­work, Hort360 projects and the Fair Farms Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion scheme.

The lead­ing ladies of Aus­tralia’s hor­ti­cul­ture in­dus­try even painted the town pink for breast can­cer at the Women in Hor­ti­cul­ture event. Con­grat­u­la­tions to Grow­com di­rec­tor Belinda Adams for her key role in de­vel­op­ing this pro­gram that high­lights the cru­cial roles women per­form in ru­ral and re­gional com­mu­ni­ties.

As a new CEO of Grow­com, it was a great op­por­tu­nity to meet with all the key play­ers in the in­dus­try and to bet­ter un­der­stand how the var­i­ous or­gan­i­sa­tions and in­di­vid­u­als all fit to­gether. It is clear our state is lead­ing the way for hor­ti­cul­ture in Aus­tralia and de­serves all the recog­ni­tion it re­ceives and more.

Grow­com looks for­ward to par­tic­i­pat­ing in Hort Con­nec­tions con­fer­ence in Mel­bourne next year and con­tin­u­ing to show­case the best our in­dus­try has to of­fer.

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