PREVIOUS ANNUAL MEETINGS
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Annual Report 2011/12
Crop Science AGM 2012
Meeting held at Richardson Theatre Roseworthy, University of Adelaid on 25/07/2012.
Meeting opened: 7.50pm
Minutes of previous AGM accepted.
Moved: R Wheeler | Seconded: J Wilson | Accepted
Presidents Report (J Both) Summary Points
- Eight meetings were held during the year and involved other organisations in joint ventures such as the Paskeville Agricultural Bureau and Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries.
- The content of meetings continues to be a debating point within the committee and members as we seek to retain our relevance. The topics we discuss should reflect our organisation’s title while understanding that other groups such as GRDC will also being trying to update the agricultural community on similar topics.
- Meeting attendance numbers have remained steady over the last year which means they are well behind past years.
- The membership numbers of the Society is holding up well and, given that many members are too distant to conveniently attend meetings, it shows the value people see in receiving the newsletter. Tony, Judy and Alison should be congratulated for their efforts here. I think a challenge for the future will be to keep this newsletter at a high quality while looking at bringing it to the electronic age. Also our excellent website could be a bigger part of the Society’s function of communicating with members.
- The Society continued to support the Adelaide University School of Agriculture, Food and Wine post-graduate symposium with a prize for the best presenter.
- A Duncan Correll Travel Scholarship was awarded recently to Tom Robinson who recently returned from the US and I am pleased to say will address our group tonight. We continue to encourage applications for this award.
- The sub-committee formed in the previous financial year (Peter Grocke, Chris Preston and myself and, more recently, Peter Cousins) to respond to the APVMA proposal to introduce spray buffer zones could be deemed a success. The APVMA are apparently taking a different approach now in not adding buffer zones to future chemical labels but encouraging good spraying practice. As I stated in my last report, this is not a core activity for the Society. We are not a lobby or pressure group. However we can reserve the right to point out where the science contradicts bad policy.
- Although I am stepping back from a leadership role in the Society I look forward to helping Anthony and the new committee where I can.
Movement of the Presidents Report
Moved: P Groeke | Seconded: A Pfitzner | Accepted
Treasurers Report (S Kimber)
A detailed report including Profit and loss, Income and Expenditure and Trial Balance summaries was tabled by Sandy, a summary of key points is provided below.