Three directors fill vacancies for GPSA Board

Aug 07, 2017

Grain Producers SA will welcome three board directors to fill three vacant positions and farewell Ceduna producer Peter Polkinghorne, who has retired from the board, at the Annual General Meeting this Friday.

Adrian McCabe Hamley Bridge, Dion Woolfoord, Buckleboo, and Jared Sampson, Warramboo, will all be appointed at the GPSA AGM on Friday 11 August, to be held as part of the GROWING SA Conference at Hahndorf.

Adrian and Dion were appointed to the board in 2016 and 2017 respectively and have since stood for election, while Jared Sampson is a new director.

GPSA Chairman Wade Dabinett congratulated the three new directors and thanked Peter for his service.

“Peter has been a GPSA board director for five years, bringing a valuable perspective from the West Coast to the board table. He has been a passionate advocate for the Thevenard Port providing a professional and high capacity service to the region’s growers.”

The three directors include:

Adrian McCabe

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.

Dion Woolford

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.

Jared Sampson

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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