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LEADA is proudly managed by a committee of volunteers, all with a passion for broad acre agriculture.
With a deliberate mix of farmers and other professionals from across the ag industry, board members collectively provide a vast range of skills, experience and networks to the group. We cover a broad geographical area too as our team farm and work across a large part of the lower Eyre Peninsula of South Australia and beyond.
Successful candidates are elected at our AGM in April of each year for a two year term, at the end of which they may choose to either re-nominate or retire. Committee meetings are held regularly to review and manage operations and to plan strategically for the future which means we have a clear and consistent focus; to identify the research areas that will enable growers to remain profitable and sustainable.
If you’re interested in joining the committee or have a research topic of interest to pass on, please feel free to get in contact with one of our board members, we’d love to hear from you.
Meet the Committee
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Bruce Morgan - Chair
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John Richardson – Vice Chair
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John is an Adelaide University Agricultural Science graduate who farms with his brother in the Tumby Bay hills.
John is a past LEADA President who joined the committee because he has a passion for agriculture and sees the importance of an organisation such as LEADA to be successful.
When he is not farming, John enjoys japanese food and short walks to the bar.
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Sam farms with his father near Mount Hope 40km west of Cummins. He joined the LEADA committee in 2017 for the experience as he has never been on a committee like this before. Sam is particularly interested in the work that is being done on acid soils and with acid tolerant crop varieties as it is one of the biggest issues he faces.
Away from farming, Sam is married with a young son and daughter. He enjoys the odd kick of football and as much golf as he is allowed to play, as well as getting down to the beach with family and friends.
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David Davenport is a senior soil consultant working for PIRSA Rural Solutions SA. He has been based at the Port Lincoln Office for close to 20 years and was involved in the formation of LEADA being on the first committee. He considers that the link between government agency and the community is important and returned to the LEADA committee in 2014. David is also a committee member of the Peninsula Pedallers and the Louth Bay Golf club and has formerly been President of the Louth Bay Community club.
Megan Low – Executive Officer / Sponsorship
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Megan Low joined LEADA as the Executive Officer / Regional Landcare Facilitator in August 2016.
Having grown up on the family farm at North Shields and worked for Primary Industries and Regions SA in various Administrative / Project Officer roles at numerous locations around South Australia Megan is enthusiastic about Agriculture in South Australia.
A major drawcard for Megan returning to Eyre Peninsula in 2013 was to be able to work closer with the farming community and LEADA provides that opportunity.
Away from work Megan enjoys gardening, walking, especially around the beach at Louth Bay, having a hit of tennis and spending time with extended family.
George Pedler - LEADA Agronomist
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George is an independent agronomic consultant based on the Lower EP for the last four years after 11 years as an agronomist in the retail industry.
He joined the committee in 2013 as he saw the great work that LEADA had done to improve the profitability and sustainability for our local farming industry and wanted to help keep this research and extension going.
He is very passionate about enabling sustainable farming businesses through thorough independent research and agronomic advice.
Outside of work he loves spending time with his wife Lucy, their three kids and extended family. He is an avid, yet poor gardener, a passionate fan of most sports and love a days fishing when invited out on farmer boats……hint hint!
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Derek works on his family farm at White Flat in the Koppio area with his brother and parents. He crops 2000 hectares of wheat, barley, canola, field peas and a few lentils. They run 1700 ewes on permanent pastures, feedlotting and pasture feeding cross-bred lambs.
He joined LEADA because he felt that the committee needed someone from his area and mix of soil types to be on the board, and also that it is important to have research and development on the lower Eyre Peninsula.
Derek says that it is great to have a group like LEADA to guide trial work and work with SARDI who provide the expertise to get solid results and facts on paper.
Derek is passionate about doing the best job as a farmer as he can, and trying to get the most out of our soil, rainfall and climate for where we farm.
Off the farm, Derek enjoys motocross, wakeboarding, music, painting and working on old cars.
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Andrew Ware is a Research Scientist with SARDI, based in Port Lincoln.
He first joined LEADA in 2006 as its inaugural secretary, while working on the family farm north of Tumby Bay. Andrew has remained on LEADA’s management committee ever since.
Andrew moved into his position with SARDI in 2009 and appreciates the value LEADA offers through helping to gain a better understanding of local agronomic issues, and through offering a platform to disseminate the latest research information that his program generates.
Outside of work Andrew lives in Port Lincoln, with his wife Kath, son, Harri and another child due around seeding time 2018.
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Mary manages the NLP Sustainable Agriculture Program for the Eyre Peninsula Natural Resources Management Board and based at 86 Tasman Tce Port Lincoln.
She has been a member (ex officio) since April 2015. Mary has been involved in prime lamb production for over 30 years before moving to Eyre Peninsula to take up a position with Rural Solutions SA.
Her passion is soils and land management - looking after the land so the land will look after you.
She moved to DEWNR in April 2015 to manage the National Landcare Program.
Dan Adams – Treasurer
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Mark Habner - Sponsorship
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Habs grew up on a farm near Tooligie Hill, which his brother and father still own and manage. He has worked as an agronomist since 2001 initially for PIRSA Rural Solutions at Cleve, and now works for Landmark Cummins.
He joined the LEADA committee when approached in 2015.
Habs is passionate about good quality R & D underpinning farming practices. He also enjoys a wide range of sports and making videos that tell the story of what happens on Eyre Peninsula.
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Tom Nelligan is an Agronomist working for Carrs’ Seeds in Cummins.
Having grown up on the family farm just south of Cummins, Tom completed his Bachelor of Agricultural Science at Adelaide University. After working in areas of Queensland and SA’s Riverland, he returned to Cummins as a broadacre Agronomist.
Tom joined the LEADA committee in 2017, to be involved in the local trials to improve yields and productivity in the LEP region. He is passionate about crop nutrition and soil science.
Away from Agriculture, Tom enjoys playing football in the winter and fishing and camping in the summer.
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Mark Stanley has been on the LEADA committee for the past 6 years. Prior to that he was involved in the inaugural meeting in Cummins that set up LEADA as part of his role as State Landcare Facilitator working for the Commonwealth Government and supporting Michael Richards when he was project manager of the Ag Excellence Alliance. His previous role on the lower EP as district agronomist with the Dept of Agriculture strengthened my understanding of the value of grower groups in extending and the adoption of new practices on farm.
For the last six years Mark has ran a project management business in sustainable agriculture from Port Lincoln - Regional Connections. In his business he interacts and collaborates with grower groups from across Australia.
Mark has a passion for supporting rural farming communities to get the most from their land through the extension and adoption of new and innovative technologies. He believes the best outcomes are achieved when we collaborate and communicate effectively, and have clear ideas on where we want to get to in the future.
In Mark's younger years he had experience working on farms across SA and in Canada, Germany and England. He has also worked in natural resource management and for the GRDC as a member of the Southern Panel in the later part of his career.
Mark is married to Pam who manages the Curtin Point Early Childhood Centre. They have four adult children, one grandchild, a dog and four chooks.
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