Executive Committee Profiles

 

 

Bruce Connor
Grower Member - Chairperson

Bruce Connor
Bruce was raised on the family dairy farm at Mt Compass, until he purchased a farm near Tintinara for replacement heifers with his wife Nola and two children. In 2006, they split from the original family business and today, they run beef cattle and have cropping, dryland and pivot irrigated lucerne for hay and seed. As a grower and a member of Lucerne Australia, Bruce enjoys the challenges and opportunities in the lucerne industry, but hopes for less challenges and more opportunities in the years ahead!

 

Josh Rasheed
Associate Member- Deputy Chair

Josh Rasheed
Josh was appointed as the Contract Cropping Manager and Pasture Advisor at Naracoorte Seeds in November 2011, and in 2014 was appointed as the sole lucerne seed trader for Naracoorte Seeds. He lives in Naracoorte with his wife and three daughters, and enjoys getting out and working with clients to help grow contract crops and quality pastures. Lucerne is one of the major crops he is involved with and he looks forward to working in the lucerne industry for years to come.  Prior to this appointment at Naracoorte Seeds, he worked as a Real Estate Agent for 12 years at the family Real Estate business in Meningie.

Guy Cunningham
Grower Member
guy cunningham

Guy farms with his wife Sarah and family near Willalooka. The business comprises a stud beef cattle herd, dryland winter cropping and lucerne production, mainly aimed at seed with some hay sold off farm. He believes lucerne production is uniquely suited to both value-add livestock operations and as a stand-alone enterprise. He is interested to examine ways for lucerne producers to reduce production and marketing risk.

 

Charlie Hilton
Grower Member

Charlie’s family moved to Keith in 1970 where they began lucerne hay and seed production along with sheep and cattle enterprises. In 2003 he was awarded a Nuffield scholarship to study lucerne pollination and biological farming practises. This has resulted in on farm liquid fertiliser processing using foliar applications and a new approach to soil and plant nutrition. He is a strong believer in the future of lucerne and its benefits to the soil, cropping and animal production.

Scott Campbell
Grower Member
Scott Campbell - Grower Member

Scott and his wife Sophie Campbell own and manage 4100 hectares at Keith. The business is highly focused around dryland and irrigated lucerne production for grazing and seed and hay. The business also runs 3500 ewes for prime lamb production and a winter cropping program. As a business with a high reliance on lucerne they believe it is important to keep abreast of industry issues both domestic and internationally. Scott believes he can bring knowledge and expertise to the executive, as well as an ability to learn and contribute to an industry he is passionate about. His family have been involved in the lucerne seed industry for more than 40 years.


Sarah Martin
Associate Member


Sarah is a Senior Rural Manager at Rabobank, responsible for managing and growing a portfolio of rural clients. Sarah formerly held roles at NAB Agribusiness, Keith and District Hospital Board, Keith War Memorial Community Centre, Keith and Tintinara Districts Show Society and Keith Library Board. She holds a Bachelor of Science (Agriculture) from the University of Adelaide. She resides on a mixed farming operation (lucerne, sheep, cattle and horses) west of Keith with husband and children. She has a commitment to the community to sustainably support agribusiness' for the long-term, for the benefit of economic and social outcomes for producers and citizens alike.

 

Simon Allen

Grower Member


Simon is involved in a family farming operation based at Keith, which produces irrigated lucerne seed and hay, cereal grain and hay, pulses, oilseeds and a commercial merino flock. Simon has been involved in the business for 10 years since attending college studying rural business management and has previously sat on the executive committee of Lucerne Australia and its variety trials committee. He believes that Lucerne Australia plays an integral part in forming a voice for the Lucerne seed industry.

Scott Hutchings

Associate Member
 

Scott Hutchings is a senior agronomist with Cox Rural Keith and has worked in the upper south east for 21 years with pulse, oilseed and cereal production as well as in the production of small seeds crops and lucerne for seed, hay and pasture. Scott holds a bachelor of Agricultural Science from Roseworthy Agricultural College.  Scott and his wife Cath also run a small farming enterprise focusing on prime lamb production and opportunity dryland seed production. Scott has a strong interest in a number of areas within the industry including herbicides and their use within Lucerne, the implications of resistance within perennial crops and grazing tolerance & production of lucerne varieties. Scott believes the Lucerne industry has a strong future and essential to the strength of the local communities.