GRAIN Producers SA held its annual general meeting in Hahndorf today, attended by more than 30 members of the grain industry and relevant stakeholders.
GPSA chairman Adrian McCabe and chief executive officer Caroline Rhodes both gave updates on the strong position the representative organisation was in, plus changes to the board, with EP farmer Jared Sampson retiring and Peta Willmott stepping into the vacancy.
SA Grain Industry Trust chairman Max Young also gave a presentation on the projects being supported this year, including frost research, GM trials at Hart, the Calcareous Soils Project and a PhD project on herbicide residues, while outgoing Grain Producers Australia chair Andrew Weidemann also spoke, via video link, about its focuses this year, including a new online training platform for farmer issues, the WTO action initiated against China, spray drift management, Overwatch label changes, the Autonomy Code of Practice and addressing workforce issues.
Primary Industries Minister David Basham also addressed those in attendance and answered questions relating to the lens snail levy, pulse vaccination program at the Waite, Pastoral Act and SARDI funding cuts.
GPSA and Livestock SA are holding a special State Election 2022-focused forum early next year to replace this year's postponed Growing SA conference, to provide further opportunity to the grains and livestock to communicate its policy priorities and engage with political candidates during the campaign.
- Start the day with all the big news in agriculture. Sign up here to receive our daily Stock Journal newsletter.