GrainGrowers’ National Policy Group is made up of 15 growers from three major grain growing regions in Australia.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Paul has farmed with his wife, Sue, at Mingenew in Western Australia for 41 years, growing a variety of crops. Paul brings to the NPG a wealth of experience, including membership on the GRDC Western Panel. His priorities for the industry are to assist in overcoming barriers to farming profitability and sustainability; to promote agriculture in a positive light to encourage participation by the younger generation; to reduce red tape; and to improve telephone and internet communication to enable growers to advance their business capabilities.
Michael has been involved in grain production for more than 30 years. During that time he has become adept at grain marketing in both domestic and international grain markets. Michael has also been an active representative in his community, regularly attending local farming and community groups' meetings. He is passionate about reducing the impact of negative influences that affect the way farmers do business.
Kallum has served Western Australian growers through several active representational roles on WAFarmers. He is currently Grains Council Representative for the Central Great Southern Zone. Prior to this appointment, Kallum was the Young Farmers Representative on WAFarmers Grains Council for three years. In 2015 Kallum nominated for a position and was elected to the WAFarmers Board. After completing his degree in agribusiness at the Muresk Institute, Kallum returned to the family farm at Katanning in 2009.
Frank has 25 years’ experience of owning and managing a farming enterprise in the central wheat belt of Western Australia. His priorities include greater encouragement of investment in research and development across all grain regions; work to increase supply chain capacity from paddock to end user to enhance and develop markets in the Asian region and the subcontinent; and support for the adoption of information technology to aid farming enterprises.
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.