March 17, 2015

17/03/2015: Grain Producers Australia forms grower committee to guide changes to the Grains Research and Development Corporation

Australian grain growers are forming an industry based steering committee to change the structure of the Grains Research and Development Corporation, ABC News reports.

Eight state and national farming groups will form a committee to work alongside Grain Producers Australia to potentially move the GRDC to an industry owned corporation.
However a Senate inquiry into agricultural levies in Australia is slowing the reform process.
In July last year an independent review of the GRDC, by consultant Marsden Jacob, recommended a structural reform of the corporation, either to an industry owned model or one that drew components of an industry owned corporation into the current statutory structure.
Grain Producers Australia (GPA) is the body responsible for overseeing the GRDC on behalf of Australian grain growers.

GPA chair Andrew Weidemann said the final decision was yet to be made on how the GRDC would be structured in the future.

He said the recently formed steering committee would help guide any governance changes.

"To further develop the report from Marsden, but also as a transition to try and take forward the views that are coming back from industry around changes to the GRDC, we've asked the grower groups to provide a name to develop a committee from, that person then represents that group in the discussions as we go forward," he said.

Involved in the committee will be GPA along with AgForce Queensland, Grain Growers Ltd, Grain Producers South Australia, NSW Farmers Association, Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association, VFF Grains Group, WA Farmers and WA Grains Group.

Mr Weidemann said the GRDC moving to an industry owned corporation was not a certainty.

"There's no foregone conclusion, there are a number of things that need to be discussed across industry. I think a lot of people are certainly pushing ahead in some sectors towards wanting an industry owned corporation," he said.

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