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Dinner Seminar – “Glyphosate: To spray or not to spray?”

November 28, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Please note this event has been postponed until 2019.

Glyphosate has become an essential chemical tool in agriculture and horticulture, with widespread use and a reputation for relative safety.

The recent decision by the IARC on glyphosate has opened up a vigorous conversation about the ongoing use of glyphosate.

Join us for this essential professional development event over a beautiful dinner in Melbourne where a panel of specialist speakers will discuss the issue and provide a realistic view of the IARC decision and the role of glyphosate in Australia going forward.

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About The Speakers

Richard Dickmann BSc(Hons), MScAg

Head of Public and Government Affairs ANZ, Bayer Australia and New Zealand.

Richard is committed to advancing Australian agriculture through strengthening sustainable industry partnerships and creating new business opportunities which capitalise on innovation.

His career with Bayer spans more than 25 years and five countries in roles ranging from marketing, technology scouting and sustainability. Hailing from rural Victoria and educated in Melbourne, Richard obtained an honours degree in Forestry from Melbourne University and a master’s degree in Agriculture, focusing on satellite remote sensing, from the University of Sydney.

Richard is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. As the head of public and government affairs, Richard is dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding among political stakeholders of the critical role innovation plays in meeting the food supply and health challenges of the future. Richard is a proud ambassador for Australian agriculture and is married with four children.

Don Burke Cert Hort (Hons) Ryde 1974

All but a very few know him as the host of Burke’s Backyard TV program for 17 years. The program won 6 Logies & 2 People’s Choice awards. He made programs in 11 countries. He also made environmental specials. Editor in Chief of Burke’s Backyard magazine for 15 years and publisher of 15 books.

Probably what you don’t know is: He was in the founding group of Greening Australia, Year of the Tree, Decade of the Tree, A Board member for Landcare Australia, Sustainable Development Australia and Chair of the Australian Environment Foundation. Other achievements and indicative dates are:

  • President Students’ Association – Ryde School of Horticulture 1972-1974
  • NSW President of Australian Institute of Horticulture 1980-1984
  • Consultant to Barangaroo Development – 2013-2016
  • Board member UNSW Science Advisory Committee
  • Initiator and Board member of the Australian Pesticides & Veterinary Medicines Authority, where he removed environmentally dangerous chemicals such as the organochlorines (DDT family).

He established NSW first environmental weeds legislation in collaboration with Agriculture Minister, Hon Jack Hallam.In 2010 Don received the OAM for services to the environment, horticulture & media.

Mr Jyri Kaapro BNatRsMgt, MAgr-Turf

Bayer Australia’s Trials and extension Officer. Jyri has been at Bayer for 19 years working in research and development of herbicides, insecticides and fungicides.

He principally works in the turf, ornamental, forestry and industrial vegetation management markets in Australia and New Zealand. The work is focussed on the development of new products, further evaluation of existing products and general technical support of our product range.

Mr Gary Leeson B Hort Sci UWS

Gary is now the Business Manager, Organic Crop Protection, a Dulux – Yates company.Gary started life on a farm and as a farm boy studied a Bachelor of Horticulture at Hawkesbury 1989 -1992. He worked in Asia 1993 – 94 for Chem-Turf.

He then returned to Australia working for 25 years with OCP until it was purchased by Yates. During that time with OCP, he was instrumental in the development of Slasher a chemical Herbicide that is registered for use in “Organic Crops”. He has also served the community as Chair of the Bio-Inputs Advisory Committee Australian Organics Limited.


November 28, 2018
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm


Australian Institute of Horticulture
02 8001 6198


CPD Points Available


Beletti Restaurant Cafe Bar
159 Lonsdale Street
Dandenong, Victoria 3175 Australia
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