Grain Producers SA’s Board of Directors is elected by SA grain growers at the organisation’s Annual General Meeting. Directors are elected for a two-year term and meet up to eight times per year.

Board

GPSA Directors bring skills, knowledge and experience from many parts of the grains industry, including crop production, research, merchandising, marketing, storage, transport and logistics. The Board determines GPSA policy in consultation with grain growers, farming systems groups and other grains industry bodies. GPSA Directors participate in regular regional and state forums to gain input from all sectors of the industry.

The Board is comprised of seven non-executive directors and its members can also appoint up to two independent directors, as outlined in GPSA’s Constitution.

Wade Dabinett - Chairman

Wade returned to his family farm at Parilla in 2011 to help run the growing business, including 4500 hectares of crops as well as potatoes and livestock. With experience in the grain trading, storage and handling industry, he is keen for other growers, particularly young farmers, to gain skills in grain selling and business management. He sees a great future in the grain industry, and would like to see more farmers engaged with GPSA and young farmers upskilled to be part of the future of the industry. Wade joined the GPSA Board in May 2014 and was elected Chairman at the 2016 AGM. He also chairs GPSA’s Transport and Supply Chain Sub-Committee.

Contact Wade on 0408 686 092 or email

Stephen Ball - Director

Stephen owns and operates a family farm with his wife Nikki Hannaford at Riverton in the Mid North. He is the SA director of Grain Producers Australia and has previously been a director of Grain Growers Limited and a member of the Agricultural Reference Group of Australia. He is a Nuffield Scholar, a former director and chairman of the South Australian No-Till Farmers Association, and the inaugural chairman of Conservation Agricultural Alliance of Australia and New Zealand. Stephen believes GPSA has an important role in advocating for all grain growers in SA, to make the most of research and development opportunities and to help make SA grain producers more profitable and sustainable.

Contact Stephen on 0407 884 723 or email

Andrew Goode - Independent Director

Andrew was appointed to the GPSA Board as an independent member in 2016. He retired from South Australian legal firm Mellor Olsson at the end of 2015, where he had been a capital partner of the company, and its predecessor, since 1984. He has extensive experience in commercial, property, litigation and succession law, representing a range of businesses from ASX listed public companies to small and medium enterprises. He has worked to advise large family-owned boards and their executive management in relation to commercial and corporate issues as well as expertise in dealing with complex succession disputes between family members of partnerships and companies. He is also a past president of the Law Society of South Australia.

Contact Andrew on 0417 884 740 or email

Garry Hansen - Director

Garry is a grain and livestock producer, cropping about 5000 hectares at Coomandook in the Upper South East. He has served in a number of senior positions in the grains industry including as a grower-elected director of AusBulk Ltd and United Grower Holdings Ltd and a director of the Grains Council of Australia. He has been chairman of the SA GRDC Research Advisory Committee and deputy chairman of the former SAFF Grains Council. Garry was the inaugural GPSA Chairman, stepping down at the 2016 AGM.

Contact Garry on 0427 390 626 or email

David Malpas - Director

David operates a mixed farming enterprise with his wife Angela, near Lucindale in the South East, comprised of cropping, sheep and cattle. He is a past member of the SAFF Grains Committee and former treasurer. David has been a member of Grain Producers SA since its inception and would like to see it continue to grow as the voice of the levy-payers. David believes grain producers need an efficient and competitive environment to be able to remain profitable as a farming enterprise. He sees GPSA having a large role in this as the voice of South Australian grain producers, to represent them as a united body to business and governments to drive change for the industry.

Contact David on 0427 058 701 or email

Adrian McCabe

Adrian McCabe - Director

Adrian is a grain grower at Hamley Bridge, where he crops wheat, canola, beans and durum. His family has been farming in the Mid North since 1956 and also farms on the western slopes of New South Wales. He is a board member of the Southern Durum Growers Association, a member of Fat Farmers and a previous member of the SA Farmers Federation.

Adrian believes there are a number of key issues for producers which are being tackled by Grain Producers SA. These include the need to invest in country road infrastructure, reduce spiralling grain handling costs, gain access to GM crops and further promote the grains industry as a major contributor to the state’s economy.

Contact Adrian on 0427 973 024 or email

Jared Sampson - Director

After spending time on the other side of the fence working for Elders and Pasture Genetics, Jared returned to the family farm at Warramboo in 2012, growing wheat and barley and running a self-replacing Merino flock. He says GPSA provides the opportunity to contribute to a number of key issues facing the grains industry, particularly land access and transparency of the process involved, which is of considerable importance to not only our local community but the whole industry. With a mix of youth and experience, GPSA will hopefully continue to offer strong advocacy and representation for all growers, while encouraging the next generation to take a proactive approach in developing and promoting our industry.

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Dion Woolford - Director

Dion farms with his wife Chelsea and his parents near Kimba, cropping 4500 hectares to mostly wheat, barley and vetch for feed and running 5000 sheep under the prefix Karawatha Park. Dion says he is excited by the opportunity to work with the GPSA Board because the issues that GPSA deals with through its policy and advocacy role affects producers throughout SA. He is keen to contribute to the broad range of issues which GPSA covers, such as how supply chain costs affect farmers and the importance of machinery movement and the capacity to operate road trains on EP. Another important issue he believes in is regulation around access to technology, such as genetically modified crops to help boost productivity.