GrainGrowers Southern Region National Policy Group Election 2019

Newly elected Southern Region representatives

DANIEL KEAM

Wallup, VIC

Daniel and his partner run a 2600 ha mixed farm business, comprising of oilseeds, cereals, legumes and fat lamb production. Daniel previously served as President of the VFF Wimmera branch and is a GrainGrowers’ AGLP Alumnus. Daniel’s interests are transport and market access, chemical usage and research and development and grain quality vs grain quantity. Daniel believes that the adaptability of the national freight system to ensure efficiency and competitiveness, strong leadership through change, and market accessibility and reputation in overseas markets are essential for a sustainable, profitable and efficient grains industry.

KATE MADDERN

Kaniva, VIC

Kate is a Research Agronomist with Birchip Cropping Group and works on her family’s mixed grain farm. Kate’s interests are supporting the next generation of farmers, telecommunications infrastructure and ensuring government continues levy contributions. Kate wants to ensure that the grains industry will continue to be sustainable into the future. Her focus is on supporting younger growers in the grains industry; continued research, development and extension; and thriving regional and rural communities.

STUART MCDONALD

Canowindra, NSW

Stuart is a 2018 Nuffield scholar and farms wheat, canola, chickpeas, barley, sheep and cattle. Stuart has been Chair of the Canowindra NSW Farmers Branch. Stuart’s interests are converting rainfall into profit, increasing efficiencies of grain to freight and market access. Stuart believes that an efficient farm to market pipeline that offers Australian farmers a global advantage, broad grain market access, and plant breeding advances are important items on a policy agenda.

MARK HOSKINSON

Kikoira, NSW

Mark runs a mixed cropping and self-replacing merino enterprise with his wife and children in Kikoira NSW. Having been heavily involved in farmer representation for over 30 years, four of those spent as Chair of NSW Farmers’ Grain Committee. Mark also currently sits on the NFF Economics and Drought Committee. Mark’s interests are a unified voice for agriculture, drought policy and research and development. Mark believes that strong, responsible and national leadership, a united national peak policy driven body, and strategic R&D is essential for a sustainable, profitable and efficient grains industry. Mark is an incumbent NPG member.

MARTIN HONNER

Junee, NSW

Martin is Chairman of the Junee NSW Farmers branch, Vice-Captain and Secretary of Marinna Bushfire Brigade. Martin has been on Executive Council NSW Farmers since 2007 and has served on the Grains Committee.
Martin’s interests are infrastructure, storage and transport, brand and quality and getting the right varieties bred and grown without having a plethora of varieties every year. Martin believes that grains varietal characteristics and quality, engagement with growers, input into domestic and global markets, efficient and cost-effective storage and transport and handling of the grain are policy priorities.