Southern Queensland wheat growers wanting to better understand how AWB manages the National Pool and the global issues impacting their future wheat returns, will have a unique opportunity to do so at the 2005 Southern Queensland AWB National Pool Forum in September.
The Southern Queensland Pool Forum, to be held at the Chinchilla Cultural Centre starting at 10 am on Thursday 29 September, is the only AWB National Pool Forum being held this year and the first event of its kind to be held in Queensland.
AWB Chairman Brendan Stewart said the AWB National Pool Forums are part of a concerted effort to give growers a “behind the scenes” look at the operations of AWB and the National Pool and to explore AWB International’s new “Shaping the Future” Strategy.
“These forums have attracted as many as 300 growers in the past. The feedback from past participants has been extremely positive given the unique insights they give growers. These are not ordinary grower meetings” Mr Stewart said.
Participants will learn about the new AWB International Shaping the Future Strategy, and what it means for Queenslandgrowers, and gain a unique insight into pool operations. AWB’s Managing Director Andrew Lindberg andGeneral Manager AWB International Sarah Scales will be presenting along with other senior AWB specialists in price risk management, wheat product development and international sales and marketing.
“The forum will focus on the bottom line issues underpinning the Shaping the Future strategy for growers, such as long-term global market trends, implications for price outlook, technical components of crop shaping and how they add value to the Queenslandwheat crop,” Ms Scales said.
“Growers will have the opportunity to talk directly with a senior international marketer from our Singapore Office – Will Syers - who sells their wheat to our overseas markets. Will Syers hails from a sixth generation flour miller family and has worked in the industry around the world. He will provide growers with unique customer perspectives that come from his extensive experience”, Ms Scales said.
Participants will also see at first-hand how their wheat is turned into “dough” (and then noodles), and how wheat variety influences crucial processing factors such as milling quality, dough consistency and flour colour and performance.
Growers can register their interest to attend by contacting their local AWB offices – AWB Toowoomba on (07) 4637 2633 or Finlay Grain Goondiwindi on (07) 4671 3612 - or the AWB Grower Services Centre on 1800 054 433. Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided. Bus transport is also available for growers traveling to the event from Goondiwindi, Suratand Roma.
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