July 21, 2011


Australian grain farmers call for national representative body



Australia's New South Wales state grain farmers have called for one body to represent them at a national level, saying they have been poorly served since the collapse of Grains Council Australia.


Three bodies have sprung up in the wake of the council's 2010 demise, including National Grains Australia set up by the NSW Farmers Association.


At the association's annual conference in Sydney on Wednesday (Jul 20), farmers voted for the three bodies to be whittled down to one.


Also vying to be the peak body for grain growers is the Grain Producers Australia and Grain Growers Limited.


"Grain growers haven't been represented by a single peak body since the demise of Grains Council Australia," the NSW Farmers Associations's Grains Committee Chair Mark Hoskinson said.


"Over the past 18 months three bodies have been vying for the title, National Grains Australia [NGA], Grain Producers Australia, and Grain Growers Limited," he said.


"NSW Farmers helped establish NGA as a means of seeking national representation based on a strong voice from state farmer organisations," he said. "However, now that we have three established models we're asking all parties to come back to the table."


Hoskinson said the Farmers Association had been negotiating with Grain Producers Australia and Grain Growers Limited on the creation of a single body, and have "received support for the draft proposal".

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