The voice for Australian grain farmers
What makes GrainGrowers unique from other representative bodies is simple: our farmers.
Unlike other groups, our only members are farmers themselves and they are the heart of everything we do at GrainGrowers.
Our goal is to represent growers whether that's in front of a government minister, industry leader or even other advocacy groups, ensuring grower's messages goes directly to those that need to hear it the most.
Our development programs are bespoke and tailored to further the skills and capacity of growers.
A more profitable and sustainable grains industry for the benefit of Australian grain farmers.
We are a strong and influential voice for progressive grain farmers and enable innovative grower leaders.
We set the agenda for change on national issues that empowers grain farmers to run globally competitive, profitable and sustainable businesses
We engage progressive and profit-focussed grain farmers.
We leverage our financial security, strong reputation and governance to drive positive change for the benefit of grain farmers.
Grower focussed - We focus on positive outcomes for innovative and profit-focused grain farmers and deliver value for them across all that we do.
Guided by integrity - We are motivated by honesty and accountability and work to the highest standards.
Teamwork - We work collaboratively and support each other to deliver solutions.
GrainGrowers in numbers
93%Australian farms provide of our domestic food supply
$13 bgross value of production
$9 bin exports
1958GrainGrowers was established
Over 60 years ago group of growers gathered around a kitchen table in North Star, NSW to discuss the need for a premium payment for the high quality, high protein wheat they were growing in the region.
Since then, we have proven our track record of success for delivering real value to growers and the wider industry.
Our board members
A grain grower at Mallala, SA, Richard produces a wide variety of cereals, pulses and oilseeds. Richard served for six years on the Advisory Board of Agriculture, and seven years on the GRDC’s Southern Panel which included the Plant Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre, Grains Advisory Panel. He was also a non-executive director and Chair of the Australian Grain Growers Co-op board and has served on the Rural Business Support Board since 2019.
Richard has experience in corporate governance, strategic and business planning, financial management and planning, implementation and project planning and oversight and graduated from the Australian Institute of Company Directors in 2015.
Julia Hausler is a grower director of GrainGrowers. Julia operates a successful family farming operation in Victoria’s Wimmera region. She is highly strategic and annually benchmarks their farm business. Julia is an engaged and effective Board Director of GrainGrowers and is the Chair of GrainGrowers Nominations and Remuneration Committee.
In her six years on the Board, Julia has positively contributed to governance standards, a refreshed strategy, investment portfolio growth, and has represented GrainGrowers nationally and internationally.
Julia was previously a member of the GrainGrowers National Policy Group. Julia holds a Bachelor of Economics, Master of Business (Agribusiness) and has 25 years’ experience in agriculture. Her expertise in marketing, accumulation, education, financing, and rural policy provides an excellent basis for her board work. Julia actively contributes to her local community.
Julia is the past Chair of the Rural Northwest Health Board and Vice Chair Grampians Region Health Alliance and current member of the Birchip Cropping Group Research Committee.
Nigel is a fourth-generation farmer from Goondiwindi QLD with over 20 years’ of farming and business management experience. Nigel is the Managing Director of New Leaf Ag Pty Ltd, a family owned food and fibre company. Nigel holds a Bachelor of Applied Science Agronomy from the University of Queensland. Nigel’s work across agriculture has been recognised as Australian Cotton Grower of the Year and ABC Rural Australian Young Farmer of the Year. Nigel also received a Nuffield Scholarship. Nigel currently sits on the board of Cotton Seed Distributors.
Brett Hosking is a fifth-generation farmer running a mixed farming business in Quambatook, Victoria. Brett, his wife Jane and their four daughters grow wheat, barley, canola, lentils and field peas as well as run sheep and cattle. Brett is a grower director, the current Chair of GrainGrowers and has had long-standing involvement across the Australian grains industry.
This has included Victorian Farmers’ Federation (VFF) Grains Group President and Vice-President. Brett has a passion for agriculture and for ensuring farmers and the regional communities where they operate are strongly represented and their voices heard.
The board of GrainGrowers is a strong advocate of good corporate governance.
The Board is committed to fulfilling its corporate governance obligations and responsibilities in the best interests of the company and its stakeholders.
As a national representative organisation, GrainGrowers is able to operate wholly independently of operational funding from Government or other influencing sources. Nor does GrainGrowers take funding from any kind of grower levy.
GrainGrowers manages a significant investment portfolio that has been built over many decades of diligent investment decisions and historical ownership of grain bulk handling assets. The investment portfolio remains carefully and robustly managed to this day, with the earnings from the fund supporting the organisation’s operational costs. With this model, GrainGrowers is able to operate independently and concentrates on supporting progressive and innovative growers through its initiatives.
We maintain effective partnerships with relevant industry and government committees to enhance our advocacy effort for growers and achieve improved policy outcomes.
In order to enhance our advocacy effort for growers, GrainGrowers is a member of the following organisations.