New directors appointed to GPSA Board

Sep 14, 2018

Two new directors have been appointed to the Board of Grain Producers SA following the organisation’s annual general meeting held in conjunction with the Growing SA Conference at Hahndorf today.

Crystal Brook based consultant Peter Cousins and Mallee grower and project manager Tanja Morgan, Jabuk, were appointed to the Board of GPSA following the retirement of Garry Hansen, Coomandook, and Stephen Ball, Riverton.

Peter has been instrumental in advocating on behalf of growers at both the state and national level on the issue of spray drift and felt it was a natural progression to put his hand up to be part of the GPSA Board.

He was instrumental in launching GPSA’s Hit Your Target campaign which encourages growers to take the right steps to minimise the risk of off-target chemical damage.

Along with fellow Mid North-based consultant Mick Faulkner, Peter was a key figure in getting State Government funding earlier this year to establish a network of weather stations across the region to help growers better monitor conditions when spraying.

“I am passionate about growers maintaining their access to important herbicides which are often used as part of their summer spraying program, such as Group I chemicals,” Peter said.

“The cost of Group I herbicides are sometimes the difference between profit and loss for growers because they are effective and cheap compared to other herbicides, so we need to keep them in our tool kit to continue using them into the future.

“There is a risk we could lose access to some chemicals unless the right steps are put in place to minimise off-target damage and the Hit Your Target campaign is helping growers to get on top of that.

“It is important we continue to advocate on growers’ behalf to maintain our access to these important chemicals.”

Tanja farms with her husband Adam as part of a grain, hay and sheep production enterprise. She also works as a project manager for Mallee Sustainable Farming and has previously been a Trustee with the South Australian Grain Industry Trust.

“I have always enjoyed the challenge of working in low-rainfall farming systems and over my 20 years involved in agriculture can see how advances in technology, varieties and systems have improved the landscape.

“I feel strongly about the need to continue to advocate for agricultural RD&E and I am looking forward to contributing to policies which help growers farm profitably and sustainably.”

Both Tanja and Peter have served on GPSA’s Research Development & Extension sub-committee.

GPSA Chairman Wade Dabinett says he is thrilled to have two people of high calibre such as Peter and Tanja join the Board.

“Both Tanja and Peter have been great advocates for the South Australian grain industry in their roles and we look forward to being able to utilise their skills on the GPSA Board,” he said. 

“On behalf of the GPSA Board and staff I would like to thank Garry Hansen and Stephen Ball for their enormous contribution to the grain industry in SA.

“Garry was the inaugural Chairman of GPSA when the organisation was established in December 2011 while Stephen has been Chair of GPSA’s RD&E sub-committee.”

Wade Dabinett was re-appointed as Chairman at the AGM while Lucindale grower David Malpas was re-appointed as Vice Chairman.

 


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