Everything You Need to Know About GrainGrowers
The GrainGrowers organisation works to improve the profitability and sustainability of Australian grain farmers. Growers within the industry are at the centre of GrainGrowers’ work which involves leadership, advocacy, and engagement with industry members.
- The GrainGrowers organisation helps to improve the profitability and sustainability of farmers in Australia.
- GrainGrowers’ history began with the Premium Wheatgrowers Association in 1958.
- GrainGrowers works to support members across several areas, including carbon emissions and the climate, people, farm inputs, freight and supply chain, trade, and biosecurity.
- The organisation advances the grain industry through empowerment, innovation, and connection.
The history of GrainGrowers
The history of GrainGrowers began back in 1958 with the formation of the Premium Wheatgrowers Association in New South Wales. Since then, there have been several pivotal moments in the history of the organisation including:
- 1777 – a change of name to Prime Wheat Association.
- 1988 – merger with the Wheatgrowers Association.
- 2000 – merger with Victorian Grain Services to become the Grain Growers Association.
- 2010 – change of name to Grain Growers Limited (GrainGrowers) and the introduction of a new logo.
- 2011 – the release of the first State of the Australian Grains Industry Report is produced.
- 2015 – Members vote to include the National Policy Group in the Constitution of the organisation and GrainGrowers is made the joint Representative Organisation (RO) for the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC).
- 2017 – GrainGrowers takes on chair and secretariat services for the Australian Grains Industry Discussion Group.
The Behind Australian Grain sustainability framework is launched.
- 2020 – The Wheat Quality Report is released by GrainGrowers.
- 2021 – The release of the Australian Grains Industry report happens.
Work to support members and improve the industry
GrainGrowers aims to enhance the sustainability and profitability of the grain industry in Australia. To achieve its aims, the organisation works in several areas.
Carbon emissions and the climate
The organisation’s climate change policy is endorsed by the National Policy Group. The aims of the policy are to reduce emissions and increase carbon sequestration while enhancing competitiveness in domestic and global markets.
The organisation aims to improve numbers and capabilities in the grain-growing industry in Australia.
The reliability of farm inputs is essential to growers. GrainGrowers aims to secure access to key inputs for growers in addition to information that allows growers to make informed decisions.
Freight and the supply chain
GrainGrowers works to improve access to the supply chain as well as enhance the efficiency of the supply chain so that it works more effectively and costs are reduced.
Trade opportunities and access to the market
The GrainGrowers organisation assists with the improvement of market opportunities for members of the industry. It does this by driving policy changes and the results of advocacy.
GrainGrowers is at the centre of a call for changes to the biosecurity system in Australia. This call has been ongoing for a significant length of time, and there is a widely held belief that not enough has been done to ensure that systems are modern and secure enough.
What being a Grain Growers member means
GrainGrowers has an influential voice in the Australian grain industry. It creates the agenda for change in the industry and is helping to mould its future. The organisation welcomes new members and supporters and helps them with its work which includes:
- Empowering industry leaders of today and tomorrow.
- Focusing its attention on issues that affect growers.
- Connecting with members of the industry through events and activities.
- Innovating through the use of education, research, and outreach.
Members benefit from the help of the organisation and the use of resources such as regular events and advice and information on the website.