WA pair join board of GrainGrow­ers

Countryman - - NEWS - Cally Dupe

Two West Aus­tralians have made in­roads into an in­flu­en­tial grain in­dus­try group af­ter be­ing ap­pointed to the GrainGrow­ers Lim­ited board of di­rec­tors.

York farmer Rhys Tur­ton and Coorow farmer Rod­ney Birch were voted on to the eight-per­son board at the group’s an­nual gen­eral meet­ing in Perth.

The pair polled more votes than South Aus­tralian farmer Michael Hunt, of Border­town, and will rep­re­sent GrainGrow­ers’ western re­gion, which in­cludes South Aus­tralia and Western Aus­tralia.

Mr Birch was orig­i­nally ap­pointed to the GGL board in Septem­ber 2014 and elected deputy chair­man in De­cem­ber last year.

He was also the first-ever Grain Grow­ers mem­ber based in WA af­ter join­ing 15 years ago. “I am a firm be­liever in a na­tional grains body, to rep­re­sent the grains in­dus­try, and GrainGrow­ers is ex­actly that,” he said.

“It is a na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tion with a foot­print over the whole grain-grow­ing ar­eas of Aus­tralia.”

Mr Tur­ton re­places Newde­gate farmer Trevor de Land­grafft, who with­drew from the con­test ear­lier this year.

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