Annual Congress

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Get involved and join hands to overcome the challenges. This was the plea of Francois Wilken, President of Free State Agriculture (FSA), to farmers and the sector at FSA’s annual congress of 2019.

“If we in agriculture do not realize that we have to stand together, a big surprise awaits us,” he said. “Are we going to sit back and hope someone is going to address problems on our behalf or will we constructively be part of possible solutions?”

Wilken called on farmers to reflect on their role in organized agriculture. The theme of FSA’s congress, which took place on 7 and 8 August 2019 in Bloemfontein, was What is my role as member of Free State Agriculture?

Read the full media release about FSA’s congress of 2019 here.

Click below to download notes/presentations of the speakers:

Francois Wilken – President of Free State Agriculture (Presidential Address)

Prof Danie Brand – Director of the Centre for Human Rights at the University of the Free State

Dr Frans Cronje – Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for Race Relations

Click below to watch videos of the speeches:

Visit Free State Agriculture’s Facebook page or watch the speeches on YouTube. The speeches of Wilken, Brand and Cronje can be seen here.

Click here to watch it on Facebook.

Click here to watch it on YouTube.

Click below to view 2019 Congress Book:

For each annual congress, a congress book – which is a summary of what Free State Agriculture (FSA) was busy with the last year – is published and each attendee receives a copy. It includes messages from members of the management, reports from the different regions in the Free State and FSA’s committee reports.

Click here to see it.

Click below to download a summary of the congress:

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A watershed congress. Probably the most important in the history of agriculture in South Africa and the Free State. That is how Francois Wilken, President of Free State Agriculture (FSA), described his organization’s annual congress.

According to Wilken, “there is nowhere in the world where farmers have to farm under the same pressures as South African farmers”.

More than 250 guests attended the congress, where land expropriation without compensation was high on the agenda, on 15 and 16 August 2018 in Bloemfontein. The theme was Back to Our Members and farmers had the opportunity to share and debate their concerns with FSA.

Various well known people such as Dr John Purchase, Chief Executive Officer of Agbiz, Theo Venter, Political Analyst at the Business School of the North-West University, Ivor Price, TV presenter, Dan Kriek, President of Agri SA, and Andries Vermeulen, storyteller, were some of the speakers.

Read the full media statement about the FSA congress for 2018 here.

Presentations/notes of guest speakers:

Dr John Purchase – Chief Executive Officer of Agbiz

Theo Venter – Political Analyst at the NWU business school

Chris Wehmeyer – Portfolio manager at PSG Wealth

Visit our Facebook page here to look at these speeches, as well as others by various speakers.

This includes speeches by Wilken, Vermeulen, Kriek, Henk Vermeulen, former Chief Executive Officer of FSA, Theo Oosthuizen, founder and director of Salvo Capital, and André Venter, former Springbok flank.

Feedback from workshops:


Community Development

Membership fees and structure

Agricultural Development

Summary of congress: