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President

Ricky Mio
Phone: (07) 3236 3100


 

Directors

Peter Papadimitriou
Russell Hall
Matthew Pappin

Policy Director

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Cane Manager

Michael Kern
Phone: (07) 3236 3100
Mobile: 0499 960 006

 

President

Ricky Mio

Ricky is the inaugural AgForce Cane board president. The second-generation Clare farmer works with his family across grain, cane, cattle and sheep.

Deputy Chairman

Laurence Dal Santo

Laurence is a third-generation cane grower with additional mixed cropping, and a keen member of the Burdekin football club.

Cane Policy Director

Paul Belesky

Paul comes to the role with twenty years of experience - bringing ten years in the private sector working in management roles for food companies such as Nestle, Fonterra and Simplot Australia. He has also worked in the Higher Education sector researching sustainable agri-business, agricultural policy and rural development. 

Cane Manager

Michael Kern

A chartered accountant, Michael has worked as an external auditor, which included work with the sugar industry. He has served on several not-for-profit boards. 

Directors

Peter Papadimitriou

Peter's family started out in the 1970s growing vegetables and mangoes but diversified into cane. Almost 15 years ago, Peter moved into recycling. The business offers a free drop-off service for farmers, keeping ag waste out of landfill.

Russell Hall

Russell is a third-generation Clare farmer with a passion to share the story of what it is to farm. Russell’s grandfather was given a returned soldier grant, initially farming tobacco, then moving to rice. The family shifted into cane in the mid-’90s.

Matthew Pappin

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