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Grains peak group takes next step

2 August 2013

The grains industry’s peak policy group, the National Farmers’ Federation Grains Policy Council (NFFGPC), took an important step in its evolution, welcoming its newest member, Grain Producers Australia (GPA) this Wednesday in Melbourne.

Formed in 2012, the NFFGPC brought together state farming organisations AgForce, NSW Farmers, the Victorian Farmers Federation, Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association, WAFarmers, Grain Producers SA and GrainGrowers Ltd with the key goal of forming a unified voice for grain producers across the nation.

In welcoming GPA to the table, NFF CEO Matt Linnegar said the many thousands of grain growers across the nation now had the beginnings of what they have long deserved – a unified national voice.

“Bringing GPA into the fold as a member is a vital part of unifying the effort of many grain producer groups across the country,” said Mr Linnegar.

“It is important that through the NFFGPC we get on with the business of representing the interests of Australian grain producers at the national level and I look forward to positive contributions from GPA.”

GPA Chairman Andrew Weidemann said his organisation has always been focused on the interests of grain growers and that membership of the NFFGPC would only build on the effectiveness of that representation.

“GPA continues to play an important role on behalf of Australian grain producers including our work in ensuring grower levies are spent effectively through the Grains Research & Development Corporation,” said Mr Weidemann.

“Becoming part of the NFFGPC adds strength to the national voice for grain growers and ensures that all the major bodies are working in the same direction.”

The next meeting of the NFFGPC will be held in September 2013 in Perth.

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