Grain Producers SA is the peak industry body for South Australian grain growers. GPSA is non-political and represents producers to government, the community and industry, including grain marketers, exporters, storage and handlers, researchers and farm input suppliers.
GPSA develops and implements policies and projects that promote the economic and environmental sustainability of South Australian grain growing businesses.
GPSA's mission is to ensure a profitable and sustainable grains industry in South Australia, through advancing the interests of grain producers.
GPSA’s objectives are to improve the profitability and sustainability of South Australian grain producers through:
- Representing the views of South Australian grain producers to government, industry and the community on grains issues.
- Developing and implementing policies that support the economic and environmental sustainability of the South Australian grain industry.
- Promoting South Australia’s Grain Producers, GPSA’s policies and the interests of South Australia’s Grain industry nationally and internationally.
- Delivering programs and services for the benefit of South Australian grain producers.
- Making submissions to government, industry and other stakeholders on matters relevant to the economic and environmental sustainability of Grain Producers.
- Furthering the interests of commercial grain production in South Australia.
- Educating and informing the general community on the importance of the grain industry to South Australia
GPSA is 100 percent funded by grain growers, for grain growers. Money from commercial sales of grain is contributed under legislation called the Primary Industry Funding Scheme (Grain Industry Fund) Regulations 2012. The rate is currently set at 20 cents per tonne of grain sold. This provides a sustainable and secure source of funding to represent South Australian grain producers both locally and nationally.
Grain Producers SA was established in March 2012. It was formed out of the need for an organised and well-funded lobby group to be a voice for South Australian grain growers beyond the farm gate. GPSA membership is open to all active South Australian grain producers who contribute to the Primary Industry Funding Schemes (Grain Industry Fund) 2012 (PIFS Grain).
The Grain Industry Fund has provided a sustainable and secure source of funding to GPSA to fulfil its charter to represent the South Australian grain producers locally and nationally. GPSA has demonstrated industry linkages and networks, including affiliations with relevant industry organisations locally and nationally, and is recognised as the peak representative body for South Australian grain producers.
GPSA is one of five commodity groups in South Australia – each covering grain, dairy, horticulture, livestock and winegrapes. These groups feed into an overarching policy council called Primary Producers SA (PPSA), which in turn holds membership of the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) on behalf of South Australia. This model provides the commodity groups with autonomy to consult with members and develop policy on their own issues. PPSA focuses on issues that impact all commodities, such as transport and natural resource management. PPSA’s direct membership is the five commodity groups. Grain growers have input by being a member of GPSA, rather than joining PPSA as individual members.
At a national level, GPSA is a member of the peak body Grain Producers Australia (GPA), while it works closely with GrainGrowers Limited on matters relevant to South Australian producers.