On Monday, August 13, the Honourable David Ridgway MLC visited Pasture Genetics Penfield Research Station at Virginia, South Australia.
Greeted by general manager Rob Damin, international business manager Sean Coffey, and research and technical services manager Tom Damin, David was guided through Pasture Genetics’ seed treatment plant, fully accredited export facility, and trailblazing trial site.
David Ridgway is a Member of the Legislative Council of the Parliament of South Australia, and Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment in the South Australian Marshall Liberal Government.
David has a strong connection to regional South Australia as he grew up in the small South-East community of Wolseley. As a young adult, David took over the family farm which had diversified into a large-scale horticultural operation. It was an experience which developed his passion for business and exports.
“It was fantastic to visit a great South Australian family success story in Pasture Genetics and be shown around their Virginia facilities.
“Being from a rural background myself, it’s great to see a locally grown agricultural company doing so well on the world stage. As the recipients of the Adelaide Airport Agribusiness Award (Business SA awards 2017), it seems they are going from strength to strength,” David said.
Pasture Genetics is the largest exporter of Australian-bred lucerne seed, and the largest producer and exporter of annual medic globally. The company is also a major exporter of annual clover and vetch.
Pasture Genetics exports its premium pasture seed to over 30 countries: from Canada in North America to Brazil and Argentina in South America; France, Italy, Portugal and Turkey in Europe; throughout Africa including Morocco and South Africa; Saudi Arabia in the Middle East; and Japan and Korea in Asia.
The company has established ongoing markets for its improved proprietary forage cultivars and are active participants in trading commons seeds, regularly suppling a broad network of customers each year.
Pasture Genetics also sublicenses forage cereal varieties, which are produced and marketed by local partners in several overseas territories.
David also stood on the future-site of Pasture Genetics’ state of the art laboratory, and purpose-built education centre, where building will commence in September.
“Many thanks to Rob Damin, Sean Coffey, and Tom Damin for giving me a tour of the site and hearing about their ambitious growth plans. I look forward to witnessing the next stage of their expansion in the months and years ahead,” David said.
David won a seat in the State’s Legislative Council in 2002. He served in a variety of portfolio areas and from 2007 until 2018, was the Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council and the Shadow Minister for several major portfolios such as Planning, Primary Industries and Tourism.
Following its success at the March 2018 State Election, David was appointed Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment in Premier Steven Marshall’s Ministry.
Pasture Genetics is a family-founded and operated South Australian company.
Pasture Genetics would like to thank Ariane Towse, Export Adviser, TradeStart Adelaide North Metro Region, International Engagement Division, Department for Trade, Tourism and Investment for her ongoing support.
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Image: The Honourable David Ridgway MLC and Ariane Towse, greeted by Pasture Genetics’ Rob Damin, Tom Damin, and Sean Coffey at Pasture Genetics Penfield Research Station, Virginia, South Australia.