Grain Producers SA develops policy on issues affecting grain growers. GPSA works to communicate this to all levels of government – local, state and federal – and is in regular contact with marketers, exporters, storage and handlers, researchers and farm input suppliers on behalf of growers.

Growers are encouraged to have input on the organisation’s policies by contacting a board member or attending any of the forums which GPSA hosts and putting forward their view. GPSA staff attend a host of industry meetings throughout the year too and are available to discuss issues with growers by contacting the office on 1300 734 884 (for the cost of a local call).

GPSA holds pre and post-harvest forums which growers are invited to attend. These are widely advertised in GPSA newsletters and on the events section of the website.

Sub-committees

GPSA has a number of sub-committees whose purpose is to focus on priority policy areas. Each sub-committee is led by a GPSA director and includes growers and industry stakeholders who work together on issues and, at times, provide recommendations to the GPSA Board.

Agricultural Security & Priority Committee (ASAP)

Chair: Wade Dabinett
Executive Officer: Trudy Huczko
Members:

Darren Arney
Naomi Bittner
Deane Crabb
Brenton Davey
Andrew Goode
Anthony Kelly
Nat Sommerville
Leon Veitch
Max Wilksch

The ASAP committee aims to:

  • Advocate for the right to farm by making informed recommendations for the Board of GPSA to consider;
  • As directed by the GPSA Board, respond to grain growers requests to support the argument that they have a right to be able to continue to farm into the future, and
  • Provide relevant and timely information to the Board of GPSA on issues relating to security of production and the right to farm whilst recognising that a blanket “one size fits all” policy approach may not be practicable.
  • Provide a point of contact within GPSA for grain growers affected by competing land use conflicts.
  • Provide the framework for the production, collection, and dissemination of data and information regarding the priority of agricultural production and the right to sustainable and viable farming,
  • Advocate for protecting the value of farm assets and the health and wellbeing of farmers. 

Terms of Reference

Research Development & Extension Committee (RD&E)

Chair: Stephen Ball
Executive Officer: Belinda Ryan
Members:

Darren Arney
Peter Cousins
Richard Konzag
David Malpas
Mark Modra
Tanja Morgan
Trent Potter

 

The RD&E committee aims to:

  • Promote Research, Development & Extension in Agriculture and the value it brings to South Australia.
  • Evaluate efficacy of R, D & E programs conducted in South Australia for all crops.
    • Consider issues and opportunities around intellectual property and levy payers.
    • Look at levy funding of GPA from the GRDC grain levy.
    • Review the National R,D&E frame work.
  • Have oversight of SAGIT and its expenditure.
    • Evaluate the value of funding from SAGIT to SARDI
  • Coordinate with GPA & GGL on GRDC oversight.
    • Evaluate any proposed future structure of GRDC and/or potential future research models
    • Evaluate the GRDC bilateral arrangement between GRDC & SARDI.
  • Support R,D&E into GM and latest technologies.
  • Link with other groups involved in R,D&E e.g. SABAC, AOF, Pulse-Australia

Terms of Reference

Transport & Supply Chain Committee (TASC)

Chair: Wade Dabinett
Executive Officer: Amanda Bridge
Members:

Darren Arney
Karen Baines
Craig Kelsh
Anthhony Pfitzner
Brett Roberts
Mark Schilling

 

The TASC committee aims to:

  • Advocate for a more efficient and effective Grain Transport and Supply Chain leading to a reduction of farm gate to ship’s hold costs.;
  • Provide relevant and timely information to the Board of GPSA on issues relating to Grain Transport and Supply Chain.
  • Provide a point of contact within GPSA for Grain Transport and Supply Chain issues & opportunities.
  • Provide the framework for the production, collection, and dissemination of data and information regarding the Grain Transport and Supply Chain. 

Terms of Reference