Grenfell Ag Bureau holds its final meeting and distributes funds

The Grenfell Ag Bureau has held its final meeting after a long and interesting history.

As early as 1930 there were a number of branches operating in the district.

These include Warraderry, Ooma, Bogolong, Piney Range, Quandialla, Eualdrie, Caragabal, Quondong, Tyagong and Weddin.

These groups held monthly meetings, wheat and oat trials, crop competitions, sheep and wool demonstrations, field days and organised guest speakers.

Hawkesbury College held the annual conference, which Grenfell always attended along with other delegates from all over the state.

Most branches went into recession during World War II.

On June 26, 1968 the Grenfell branch was reformed at a public meeting.

The President at this time was Mr Ron Diprose, Secretary Mr Anthony Fountain and Treasurer Mr R Rankin.

Most of the other smaller district branches remained closed.

In 1982-83 the Grenfell branch was awarded the "Wales Bank Award" for "Excellence by a branch of The Agricultural Bureau Of NSW."

Since reforming in 1968 Grenfell grew to be the second largest Bureau branch in NSW.

In 1986 there were over a hundred financial members.

In the later years the Agricultural Bureau held wether trials, computer evenings, cropping trials, field days, organised educational trips away, ran farmers groups such as Topcrop and held the Annual Dinner with the regular guest speaker.

On May 23, 2019 it was decided that sadly the time for this branch had come to an end.

The last task for the committee was to decide where the funds held in the organisations account would be dispersed.

The first recipient would be The Henry Lawson High School.

Here the funds are to be used within the Agricultural Department to purchase infrastructure and promote sheep production in our shire.

The second and last recipient is The Grenfell Museum.

The purpose of this donation is to purchase an Honour board for The Grenfell Agricultural Bureau, to help preserve it's strong history in the district.

The resultant funds are to help create a wool stencil display at the museum and to help maintain the current Agricultural exhibits.

The Grenfell Agricultural Bureau has been a very important organisation for the Weddin Shire.

Its long history has helped with the education, learning and communication amongst all of its members.

The improvements to agricultural production in our region was one of the major benefits of this group, but it was also a relaxed and social environment for members to catch up with each other, enjoy fun times and to discuss topical issues confronting them.

The current Committee and executives would like to thank everyone that has been involved with this branch, and it's long history within the shire.

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