National Policy Group

GrainGrowers’ National Policy Group is made up of 15 growers from three major grain growing regions in Australia.

The National Policy Group (NPG) provides input into, review and approval of GrainGrowers’ national policy positions developed on behalf of all Australian grain farmers.

NPG comprises 15 elected grower representatives, five from each of the Western, Southern and Northern regions.

The National Policy Group meets several times a year in person. Members also teleconference regularly to debate the important issues coming up throughout the year.

Southern Region

DANIEL KEAM

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.

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MARK HOSKINSON

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.

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KATE MADDERN

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.

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STUART MCDONALD

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.

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MARTIN HONNER

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.

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Northern Region

KATE GUNN

Kate, together with her parents and brother, runs a progressive family farming business on the Liverpool Plains which comprises of broadacre dryland winter and summer crops, grain handling, storage and logistic operations, as well as a beef cattle operation.
Kate holds Bachelors of Science and Commerce and a Master of Economics, and has recently been admitted as a fellow of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation.

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TIM MOONEY

Tim runs a farming operation at Croppa Creek NSW, producing wheat, barley, chickpeas and sorghum over four properties. Tim is passionate about driving production and fine tuning the system (agronomically and logistically) to address variation in seasonal conditions and labour availability. Tim has a diverse background with previous experience in logistics and sales and marketing in the earthmoving, real estate and transport industries.

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IAN GOURLEY

Ian is a grain and cotton farmer from Narrabri, NSW, farming up to 8,000 ha of wheat, chickpeas, faba bean and cotton each year. After completing a degree in Economics at Macquarie University in Sydney, Ian worked for several years with ConAgra in Sydney, before returning to manage the farm in 2000. Ian is passionate about improving the logistics of grain movements in Australia and maintaining Australia’s strong reputation as an international wheat exporter.

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TERRY FISHPOOL

Terry and his family run a Merino sheep and grain farming enterprise at Tottenham NSW. He has driven changes that have improved the profitability and sustainability of farming in his area. He believes the priority issues for the industry are infrastructure investment, grain classification, setting receival standards, the management of industry-good services and the promotion of Australian grain.

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LUKE BRADLEY

Luke is a director of his family business and has over 10 years’ experience in farming in the Northern Region. Luke is a graduate of GrainGrowers’ Grains Future Leaders’ Program (2016) and completed a Nuffield Scholarship in 2017, studying technology. Luke is committed to sharing his findings with a vision to improve transparency in the industry. Previously Luke has been involved with GRDC advisory and benchmarking groups.

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Western Region

FRANK O'HARE

Frank has 28 years’ experience of owning and managing a mixed farming enterprise with his wife Jane and son Lachlan at Cunderdin, WA. Frank has been an NPG member for the past 3 years and the NFF Economic Policy and Farm Business Committee. He is keen to continue to work to enable policy for continued expansion and improvement of markets, especially in the ASEAN and Subcontinent regions on the back of efficiencies in supply chain and Australia’s clean and safe image. He is also an advocate of education, skill development and leadership especially for those coming into the industry.

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DAMIEN SOMMERVILLE

Damien, a farmer, spray contractor and agronomist in South Australia’s mid north and past Chair of Hart Field Site group, is passionate about sustainable agriculture and believes a healthier farming system is more resilient & profitable in the long term.
Damien’s focus is on ensuring the grains industry has a robust R&D system to ensure farmers have access to unbiased research to ensure long term sustainability and profitability at the farm gate. Farming for the best outcomes for future generations.

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JUDITH FOSS

Judith and her husband farm 10500 ha 250kms East of Perth in the WA Wheatbelt. They are a mixed enterprise comprising cereals, legumes, canola, hay and prime lamb production. Judith has completed a Bachelor of Business (Agriculture) and has followed her passion for being a food producer for over 25 years. To experience and have the opportunity to become involved in the NPG is one that Judith sees as both exciting and an intellectual challenge. Judith would like to be able to make a positive contribution to her industry and see real results.

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TRISTAN BALDOCK

Tristan operates a 5,500 ha cropping enterprise at Buckleboo in South Australia. Tristan is passionate about agriculture and the challenge that has been given to farmers to feed the world in a way that is sustainable given the earth’s finite resources, and in a way that is safe and enjoyable for employees. He considers the search for and adoption of new practices to always be a driver, and has an ongoing role within the Buckleboo Farm Improvement Group committee.

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TRACY LEFROY

As a farmer and a community leader, Tracy holds several roles that makes her a valuable asset to the GrainGrowers NPG. Tracy is a Partner in a 4500ha grain growing enterprise (6300ha total), Cranmore Farming, Moora Shire President, a board member of Innovations Central Midlands Inc and Gardiner Street Arts Collective and completed Leadership WA’s Signature Leadership Program as Valedictorian (2019). These positions contribute and attest to Tracy’s ability to approach challenges strategically.

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