Australian Sunflower Association

Formed in 1976, the objectives of the Australian Sunflower Association are to:

  • Promote the Australian Sunflower Industry
  • Assist in organising seminars and workshops
  • Foster sunflower research and extension
  • Coordinate and work with other similar industry associations, both domestically and internationally.

The Australian Sunflower Association acts as a voice for all sectors of the industry and assists growers to capitalise on new developments and opportunities. The ASA aims to develop grower confidence in all sunflower types through high yields and sunflowers' contribution to more profitable farming systems.

Key activities and publications undertaken and supported by the ASA include:

Membership of the ASA consists of growers, researchers and personnel from all facets of the industry. These include the seed industry, crushing, refining, manufacturing, merchandising organisations and private agronomic advisers.

ASA Committee (correct July 2014)

Kevin CharlesworthChair Australian Sunflower Association; Grower, Clifton
Loretta SerafinDeputy Chair; Leader Northern Dryland Cropping Systems, NSW DPI, Tamworth
Nick GoddardExecutive Director, Australian Oilseeds Federation, Sydney
Sue ThompsonSunflower Pathology Researcher, DAFF Qld, Toowoomba
Maree CrawfordTechnical Services Manager (Northern Zone), Elders, Toowoomba
Belinda ChaseAgronomist, Dalby Rural Supplies, Dalby
Tony LockreyConsultant, Buy Smart Ag Consulting, Moree
Chris HaireSeed Breeder, Nuseed, Toowoomba
Paul McIntoshAgronomist, Landmark, Toowoomba
James UrquhartAustralian Specialty Business Manager, AWB, Melbourne
Roland HornickGrower, Orion via Springsure
Scott WhitemanChief Financial Officer, Riverina Oils & BioEnergy Pty Ltd, Wagga Wagga

To contact the Australian Sunflower Association, email

ASA Committee Members - 2014

Left to Right: ASA Committee members Paul McIntosh, Maree Crawford, Loretta Serafin, Chris Haire, Kevin Charlesworth, Sue Thompson, Liz Alexander, Tony Lockery launch the Australian Sunflower Industry Strategic Plan with the Queensland Minister for Agriculture, Hon. John McVeigh MP