About Us

Grain Producers SA is the peak industry body representing 4,500 grain farms in South Australia.

About Us

Grain Producers SA is the peak industry body representing the 4,500 grain farming businesses in South Australia.

South Australian growers plant more than 4 million hectares of cereals, pulses and oilseeds annually.

SA produces an average of 7.9 million tonnes of grain each year, which contributes more than $4 billion to Australia’s gross food revenue. This is made possible by grain growing businesses and farming communities across the state.

 

POLICIES & PROJECTS

GPSA develops and implements policies and projects that promote the economic and environmental sustainability of South Australian grain growing businesses. We represent the interests of growers through:

  • Advocacy. GPSA advocates for SA producers on grain-related issues beyond the farm gate, representing SA’s 4,500 grain producing businesses to industry and government decision-makers.
  • Information. GPSA informs industry stakeholders of the policies we believe will promote the economic and environmental sustainability of the grain industry.
  • Industry Development. GPSA informs grain producers on matters of importance to their business and champions the contribution our industry makes to the South Australian community by engaging positively with the public.

For SA grain growers, GPSA is your opportunity to influence the policies and projects that impact you and the people who represent you beyond the farm gate.

Established in 2012

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 succeeded the former South Australian Farmers’ Federation Grains Council as the peak representative body for the state’s grain producers.

GPSA is one of six peak commodity groups in South Australia. 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.

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.

Our Direction 2020-2021

GPSA’s purpose, objectives and direction for 2020-21 is outlined in Working to Improve the Profitability and Sustainability of SA Grain Producers – Our Direction 2020-21. This document is designed to provide South Australian growers with a clear understanding of GPSA’s purpose and to provide insight into the work we do to ensure the future profitability and sustainability of the grain industry in South Australia.

For SA grain growers, GPSA is your opportunity to influence the policies and projects that impact you and the people who represent you beyond the farm gate.

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Directors

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.

Adrian McCabe

Adrian McCabe

Chair

Hamley Bridge
Adrian’s family has been farming in the Mid North since 1956. They also have property on the western slopes of New South Wales. Adrian was appointed to the GPSA Board in December 2016, holding the position of Vice Chair from 2018. Adrian is passionate about promoting the grain industry as a major contributor to the state’s economy.

John Gladigau

John Gladigau

Director

Alawoona
John is a partner in Bulla Burra, a collaborative farm which crops 8,500ha annually to cereals and legumes in the Northern Mallee region of SA. He is also a 2007 Nuffield Scholar, a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has been a member of the SA Grain Industry Blueprint Steering Committee.

James Heaslip

James Heaslip

Director

Appila
As a sixth-generation farmer, James is passionate about the agricultural industry and the opportunities it provides. Through his pathway into the agricultural industry he has developed a broad range of professional and technical skills, which will be highly relevant to serving on the GPSA board. James brings sound financial literacy through three years spent working as an external auditor and attaining a Diploma in Chartered Accountancy.

Nick Hillier

Nick Hillier

Director

Hynam
Nick has operated a mixed family farming business in the South East for nearly 30 years. The Hillier farm utilises irrigation and runs 2,000 Merino ewes and a prime lamb enterprise. With tertiary qualifications in agricultural science and his own independent consulting business, Nick brings technical skills and expertise in RD&E activities, and agricultural chemical regulation.

Dr Steve Jefferies AM

Dr Steve Jefferies AM

Independent Director

Dr Jefferies previously served as the Managing Director of Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) and has over 30 years’ experience working in the Australian grains industry. Steve was CEO of Australian Grain Technologies, Australia’s largest and market-leading wheat-breeding company, from its inception in 2002 until June 2016.

David Malpas

David Malpas

Director

Lucindale
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 believes grain producers need an efficient and competitive environment to be able to remain profitable as a farming enterprise.

Peta Willmott

Peta Willmott

Director

Koongawa
Peta and husband Dean farm between Kimba and Wudinna. She is a well-respected member of the grains industry and regional community and has an enormous wealth of experience and expertise, particularly in the area of governance. Peta is a councillor with the District Council of Kimba, treasurer of the Buckleboo Farm Improvement Group and president of the Kimba Country Education Foundation.

Wendy Umberger

Wendy Umberger

Independent Director

Professor Wendy Umberger brings a range of skills in board governance, knowledge of global agricultural markets and trade policy and agricultural extension to GPSA. She is the University of Adelaide’s Professor of Agricultural Economics and Food Policy and Executive Director of its Centre for Global Food and Resources, which focuses on economic issues affecting global food and agricultural value chains. 

Dion Woolford

Dion Woolford

Director

Kimba
Dion farms with his wife Chelsea and his parents near Kimba, cropping 4,500 hectares to mostly wheat, barley and vetch for feed and running 5000 sheep under the prefix Karawatha Park. Dion 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.

Staff

The GPSA team is led by the Chief Executive Officer and works to implement the Board’s strategic direction and deliver measurable outputs from GPSA’s investments. Staff members bring a range of skills and experience in project work, commercial operations, compliance, finance, stakeholder relations, communication and administration.

Brad Perry

Brad Perry

Chief Executive Officer

Brad started with GPSA in January 2022. He has experience in working with farmers through roles in politics and journalism, recently working as Senior Adviser to South Australia’s past two Ministers for Primary Industries and Regional Development, as well as a newspaper editor and journalist in regional South Australia. Brad has been very close to industry policy and decision-making over a number of years, which means he has a deep understanding of the key issues, from grassroots right through to broader-scale agribusiness and sector-wide issues.

Shane Gale

Shane Gale

Regional Field Officer

Shane brings experience in supply chain, procurement, logistics and transport to GPSA. His previous roles include consulting to mineral exploration and mining, transport and logistics companies and managing operations. He worked with former South Australian companies SA Cooperative Bulk Handling, Ausbulk and ABB Grain as transport manager for nearly 10 years before managing national logistics for Cheetham Salt, part of the Ridley Corporation.

Andrew Lehmann

Andrew Lehmann

Policy Director

Andrew’s passion for the grain industry began at a young age, growing up on his family’s mixed property at Gulnare in the Mid North of South Australia. This introduction led him to studying Agricultural Science at the University of Adelaide. Andrew brings experience in agricultural research and development to GPSA, which he developed while working as Broadacre Manager at AgXtra. Andrew was also a participant of the GPSA Emerging Leaders Program which provided him with a greater understanding of advocacy, effective communication, industry networking, research, innovation and the political landscape.

Carla Rech

Carla Rech

Executive Assistant

Carla has extensive experience in executive support, including previous roles for the former South Australian Farmers’ Federation and Elders. With over 17 years within Australia’s agricultural industry, Carla supports GPSA’s office and finance administration.

Charlotte Wundersitz

Charlotte Wundersitz

Policy Analyst & Communications Officer

Charlotte is originally from a family cropping enterprise located north of Maitland on the Yorke Peninsula and is passionate about agricultural advocacy. Charlotte has a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Adelaide and played a key role in developing the final version of the SA Grain Industry Blueprint.