Incorporated in 2004, EPARF provides a leading role in supporting staff and projects at the Minnipa Agricultural Centre and assists in identifying new research opportunities for low rainfall agriculture. EPARF provides a positive link between scientists, farmers, industry stakeholders and builds strength and sustainability through collaboration with other grower groups in southern Australia.
EPARF is managed by a Board. The role of the Board is to consult with and represent the opinions of the farming community on Eyre Peninsula to make informed decisions that will enhance the region’s profitability.
EPARF Board of Management consists of:
- 6 Farmers from the Eyre Peninsula farming community, elected by the Members
- Up to 2 Special Skills and Experience persons, appointed by the Board
- SARDI representative
- University of Adelaide representative
Ex Officio Members
- EPNRM representative (optional)
- LEADA representative (optional)
- Executive Officer
- MAC Management staff
EPARF recognises it has a responsibility in agricultural education, in assisting the next generation of researchers and supporting staff. Through Minnipa Agricultural Centre they have an active strategy to support packages for PhD and Masters students based around Eyre Peninsula identified within relevant projects, promote the Centre as a resource for relevant on-ground experience to include international students, develop and promote harvest jobs post exams for students and attract high school students to the industry through the school based apprenticeship program.
Annual membership and industry sponsorship enables the Foundation to be an independent fund raising arm of Minnipa Agricultural Centre.
Engagement with the farming community is highlighted through an annual Member day designed to deliver information, training and promote adoption. The aim of this day is to address key issues impacting on the profitability and sustainability of farming in the region. Networking between scientists, researchers, farmers and industry representatives is a critical part of the day. The day is a feature of the EPARF calendar.
Current Board Members
Bryan Smith – Farmer Coorabie, Chairperson
Greg Scholz – Farmer Wudinna, Deputy Chairperson, Public Officer
Simon Guerin – Farmer Port Kenny
Wes Matthews – Farmer Koongawa
Matthew Cook – Farmer Minnipa
Jerel Fromm – Farmer Minnipa
Andy Bates – Private Consultant Streaky Bay
Mark Stanley – Private Consultant Port Lincoln
Dr Kathy OphelKeller- Research Chief SARDI
Prof Jason Able – Head, Dept Ag Science University of Adelaide
Andrew Ware – Senior Research Scientist Eyre Peninsula, LEADA
Naomi Scholz – Project Manager, Minnipa Agricultural Centre
Jake Hull – Farm Manager, Minnipa Agricultural Centre
Dot Brace – Executive Officer