Western Downs farmer new AgForce pres­i­dent

Western Downs farmer is elected new AgForce grains pres­i­dent

Warwick Daily News - South West Queensland Rural Weekly - - Front Page -

BET­TER trans­port net­works and freight fa­cil­i­ties, main­tain­ing agri­cul­ture’s so­cial li­cence and drought as­sis­tance for grains pro­duc­ers will be key pri­or­i­ties for Western Downs farmer Bren­dan Tay­lor in his new role as AgForce Queens­land’s grains pres­i­dent.

Mr Tay­lor, a 42-year-old third-gen­er­a­tion farmer from Warra, takes over from Dalby pro­ducer Wayne New­ton, who is step­ping down after serv­ing on the AgForce Grains Board since 1999 and as pres­i­dent since 2010.

The changeover will take ef­fect after AgForce’s an­nual gen­eral meet­ing on Novem­ber 20, 2018. Mr Tay­lor has been on the AgForce Grains Board since 2016, a di­rec­tor of the Grains Re­search Foun­da­tion Board since 2013 and has been man­ag­ing his fam­ily’s grain farm­ing busi­ness for more than a decade.

“Be­ing born and bred on the land, grow­ing grain is some­thing that I truly love. I am a pas­sion­ate ad­vo­cate for the cur­rent and next gen­er­a­tion of Queens­land grain pro­duc­ers, and I am hon­oured to be elected AgForce grains pres­i­dent,” Mr Tay­lor said.

“I am a strong be­liever in us­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tion and tech­nol­ogy to drive im­proved pro­duc­tiv­ity, prof­itabil­ity and sus­tain­abil­ity on our farms and also to tell our story to con­sumers about what we do and why. The re­cent spot­light on glyphosate shows just how im­por­tant this is.

“I’m also acutely aware of the im­pact the weather and ac­cu­rate fore­cast­ing has on agribusi­nesses. While some ar­eas have re­ceived some wel­come rain in the past week, the drought is hav­ing a huge im­pact on grains pro­duc­ers and I am ea­ger to high­light the im­por­tance of en­sur­ing as­sis­tance mea­sures work for all farm com­modi­ties.

“I’d also like to see the Queens­land Gov­ern­ment fol­low the lead of other states and abol­ish stamp duty on multi-peril crop in­surance as soon as pos­si­ble.

“Trans­port will be an­other pri­or­ity, in par­tic­u­lar ad­dress­ing first and last mile is­sues for agri­cul­ture, mak­ing bet­ter use of up coun­try bulk han­dling fa­cil­i­ties and im­prov­ing road con­di­tions. I echo the sen­ti­ments of Vic­to­rian Farm­ers’ Fed­er­a­tion grains pres­i­dent Ross Johns who noted re­cently that ‘if trucks need to be road­wor­thy, then roads ought to be truck wor­thy too’.” Mr Tay­lor is a keen so­cial me­dia user who tweets un­der @Warraboy and is in­volved with #agcha­toz, an on­line com­mu­nity for ru­ral Aus­tralians to en­gage with peo­ple liv­ing in the cities.

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GRAINS PRI­OR­I­TIES: New AgForce Queens­land grains pres­i­dent, Bren­dan Tay­lor.

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