South Australian grain growers discuss election priorities

Peak national and state grains industry bodies have met in South Australia’s Lower North to discuss issues critical to South Australian grain growers in the lead-up to the State and Federal elections.

Grain Producers SA (GPSA) were pleased to host national peak body Grain Producers Australia (GPA), as respective CEO’s Brad Perry and Colin Bettles met with growers to discuss opportunities to drive growth policy in the South Australian grain sector.

“With the South Australian and Federal elections looming in the coming months, it was important to host GPA CEO, Colin Bettles, during his visit to the state and discuss opportunities and issues important to our grain growers,” Mr Perry said.

“We spoke about issues impacting the grain sector such as biosecurity and market access, as well as the importance of attracting more targeted research and development investment.

“It has been a challenging period for many farmers across South Australia, facing restrictions due to COVID-19, uncertainty created by supply chain disruptions and now severe weather damage across several parts of the state.

“Our focus is to support initiatives that contribute to the South Australian Grain Industry Blueprint target to become a $6 billion industry by 2030. GPSA will continue to work closely with our national representatives to deliver outcomes for South Australian grain growers.”

Mr Bettles said GPA is in the process of finalising its 2022 Federal Election policy.  

“With a Federal Election on the horizon, it was great to meet with GPSA members and staff at a Hamley Bridge grain property and discuss grains issues face-to-face, with GPA Grower Director Mark Schilling,” Mr Bettles said.

“GPSA’s experiences with advocating for SA grain producers at the State election, and outcomes they deliver, will help inform our strategic approach to national advocacy for the upcoming Federal Election.

“Hearing the views of Australian growers on local issues is critical to knowing what they want, and what they want their representative groups to advocate for them, to help deliver the best results with the strongest grower voice. Not only for election demands but ongoing advocacy across government and industry in areas critical to grain producer profitability and sustainability.”