Locals on grain board

Two Eyre Peninsula farmers will join the Grains Producers South Australia (GPSA) board as directors at its next annual general meeting.

Dion Woolford from Buckleboo and Jared Sampson from Warramboo will be appointed at the board’s meeting in Hahndorf on Friday, held as part of the Growing SA conference.

Mr Woolford farms 4500 hectares near Kimba with his wife Chelsea and his parents under the prefix Karawatha Park.

He said he was excited to work with the GPSA board because the issues it dealt with through its policy and advocacy role effected producers throughout South Australia.

He said he was looking forward to contributing on a range of issues including how supply chain costs affect farmers, as well as the importance of machine movement and the capacity to operate road trains on the Eyre Peninsula.

Another important issue he believes in is regulation around access to technology, such as genetically modified crops to help boost productivity.

Mr Sampson worked for both Elders and Pasture Genetics before returning to the family farm in Warramboo, growing wheat and barley and running a self-replacing Merino flock.

He said the organisation provided the opportunity to contribute to a number of key issues facing the grains industry.

In particular, Mr Sampson said land access and transparency of the process involved was important, which is of considerable importance to not only the local community but the whole industry.

The board will also farwell Ceduna producer Peter Polkinghorne, who is retiring, and welcome back Adrian McCabe from Hamley Bridge.

Grain Producers South Australia chairman Wade Dabinett congratulated the new directors and thanked Mr Polkinghorne for his service.

“Peter has been a GPSA board director for five years, bringing a valuable perspective from the West Coast to the board table,” Mr Dabinett said.

“He has been a passionate advocate for the Thevenard Port providing a professional and high capacity service to the region’s growers.”

Mr McCabe and Mr Woolford were appointed to the board in 2016 and 2017 respectively and have since stood for election, while Mr Sampson is a new GPSA director.