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The Australian Pecan Association Incorporated (APA) is a not-for-profit incorporated association based in Lismore NSW. APA was founded in 1996 by a group of growers with assistance from the then NSW Department of Agriculture Pecan Extension Officer Ross Loebel. APA aims to connect, inform & represent the Australian pecan industry. Membership is open to all in the industry, but only growers have voting rights.

APA Rules of Association

The objectives described below and the Constitution of The Australian Pecan Association Incorporated (vFeb2019) forms the structure within which the APA operates.
The APA’s constitution was developed from NSW Fair Trading’s “model constitution”, which covers the matters required by law under the Associations Incorporation Act 2009.

Committees

A Management Committee elected by members at our Annual General Meetings, manage the Association. All of the committee’s work is provided on a voluntary basis with the support of a part time paid Executive Officer. The current committee includes:

  • President – Scott Clark
  • Vice President – Geoff Bugden
  • Treasurer – Will Cutler
  • Secretary – Michelle Chicken
  • ANIC Representative – Richard Sampson Genest
  • SA Representative – Dave Degrancy

Sub-Committees

The APA also have an Executive Committee sub-committee who meet regularly (at least monthly) to provide ongoing strategy, guidance & support for the Executive Officer. The Management Committee receive minutes of these ongoing meetings. The current Executive Committee includes:

  • Scott Clark (President)
  • Michelle Chicken (Secretary)
  • Anne Briggs (Executive Officer)

Other APA Subcommittees are developed as required e.g. APA Conference Sub-Committee, Marketing Committee etc.

APA Annual Conference & Field Day

Each year, after harvest season, the APA host an annual conference & field day which is a great way for members and the broader pecan industry to get together and focus on big picture, global, retail and business perspectives as well as the latest grower ag tech, soil and agronomy issues. APA also run our Annual General Meeting at these events and this year it will include social events including an evening cocktail event and rustic breakfast, focusing on the latest health & nutrition issues. We are excited to announce that the next APA conference will be in Port Macquarie NSW on August 24th – 25th 2019 at the Westport Club Port Macquarie and Telegraph Point NSW. Buy your early bird tickets now: https://bit.ly/30dP6KB (before July 31st 2019) or download the conference brochure here: APA Conference Brochure [PDF 1.6MB]

Pecan Competitions

To coincide with the Annual Conference & Field Day, the APA run competitions which are judged and announced at the conference. In 2019 the competition categories include:

  • Best Pecan Competition
  • Pecan Cooking Competition
  • Inaugural APA Photography Competition

APA invite all members and their families to submit entries for one or all of the competitions. Details on all 2019 competitions can be downloaded here: APA 2019 Competitions [PDF 2.1MB]

To find out more about the APA please contact us.