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NPG comprises 15 elected grower representatives, five from each of the Western, Southern and Northern regions.

The National Policy Group meets several times a year in person. Members also teleconference regularly to debate the important issues coming up throughout the year.

NPG Northern Region Candidates

Northern Region growers are encouraged to vote in the current National Policy Group election. Voting details should have been received by post or email - please get in touch if you haven't!

National Policy Group Candidates 2021

Southern Region

Daniel Keam

Warracknabeal, VIC

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Daniel Keam

Warracknabeal, VIC

Daniel and his partner run a 2600 ha mixed farm business, comprising of oilseeds, cereals, legumes and fat lamb production. Daniel previously served as President of the VFF Wimmera branch and is a GrainGrowers’ AGLP Alumnus. Daniel’s interests are transport and market access, chemical usage and research and development and grain quality vs grain quantity. Daniel believes that the adaptability of the national freight system to ensure efficiency and competitiveness, strong leadership through change, and market accessibility and reputation in overseas markets are essential for a sustainable, profitable and efficient grains industry.

Mark Hoskinson

Kikoira, NSW

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Mark Hoskinson

Kikoira, NSW

Mark runs a mixed cropping and self-replacing merino enterprise with his wife and children in Kikoira NSW. Having been heavily involved in farmer representation for over 30 years, four of those spent as Chair of NSW Farmers’ Grain Committee. Mark also currently sits on the NFF Economics and Drought Committee. Mark’s interests are a unified voice for agriculture, drought policy and research and development. Mark believes that strong, responsible and national leadership, a united national peak policy driven body, and strategic R&D is essential for a sustainable, profitable and efficient grains industry. Mark is an incumbent NPG member.

Kate Maddern

Kaniva, VIC

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Kate Maddern

Kaniva, VIC

Kate is a Research Agronomist with Birchip Cropping Group and works on her family’s mixed grain farm. Kate’s interests are supporting the next generation of farmers, telecommunications infrastructure and ensuring government continues levy contributions. Kate wants to ensure that the grains industry will continue to be sustainable into the future. Her focus is on supporting younger growers in the grains industry; continued research, development and extension; and thriving regional and rural communities.

Stuart McDonald

Canowindra, NSW

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Stuart McDonald

Canowindra, NSW

Stuart is a 2018 Nuffield scholar and farms wheat, canola, chickpeas, barley, sheep and cattle. Stuart has been Chair of the Canowindra NSW Farmers Branch. Stuart’s interests are converting rainfall into profit, increasing efficiencies of grain to freight and market access. Stuart believes that an efficient farm to market pipeline that offers Australian farmers a global advantage, broad grain market access, and plant breeding advances are important items on a policy agenda.

Martin Honner

Junee, NSW

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Martin Honner

Junee, NSW

Martin is Chairman of the Junee NSW Farmers branch, Vice-Captain and Secretary of Marinna Bushfire Brigade. Martin has been on Executive Council NSW Farmers since 2007 and has served on the Grains Committee.
Martin’s interests are infrastructure, storage and transport, brand and quality and getting the right varieties bred and grown without having a plethora of varieties every year. Martin believes that grains varietal characteristics and quality, engagement with growers, input into domestic and global markets, efficient and cost-effective storage and transport and handling of the grain are policy priorities.

Western Region

Frank O'Hare

Cunderdin, WA

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Frank O'Hare

Cunderdin, WA

Frank has 28 years’ experience of owning and managing a mixed farming enterprise with his wife Jane and son Lachlan at Cunderdin, WA. Frank has been an NPG member for the past 3 years and the NFF Economic Policy and Farm Business Committee. He is keen to continue to work to enable policy for continued expansion and improvement of markets, especially in the ASEAN and Subcontinent regions on the back of efficiencies in supply chain and Australia’s clean and safe image. He is also an advocate of education, skill development and leadership especially for those coming into the industry.

Damien Sommerville

Spalding, SA

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Damien Sommerville

Spalding, SA

Damien, a farmer, spray contractor and agronomist in South Australia’s mid north and past Chair of Hart Field Site group, is passionate about sustainable agriculture and believes a healthier farming system is more resilient & profitable in the long term.
Damien’s focus is on ensuring the grains industry has a robust R&D system to ensure farmers have access to unbiased research to ensure long term sustainability and profitability at the farm gate. Farming for the best outcomes for future generations.

Judith Foss

Bruce Rock, WA

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Judith Foss

Bruce Rock, WA

Judith and her husband farm 10500 ha 250kms East of Perth in the WA Wheatbelt. They are a mixed enterprise comprising cereals, legumes, canola, hay and prime lamb production. Judith has completed a Bachelor of Business (Agriculture) and has followed her passion for being a food producer for over 25 years. To experience and have the opportunity to become involved in the NPG is one that Judith sees as both exciting and an intellectual challenge. Judith would like to be able to make a positive contribution to her industry and see real results.

Tristan Baldock

Kimba, SA

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Tristan Baldock

Kimba, SA

Tristan operates a 5,500 ha cropping enterprise at Buckleboo in South Australia. Tristan is passionate about agriculture and the challenge that has been given to farmers to feed the world in a way that is sustainable given the earth’s finite resources, and in a way that is safe and enjoyable for employees. He considers the search for and adoption of new practices to always be a driver, and has an ongoing role within the Buckleboo Farm Improvement Group committee.

Tracy Lefroy

Moora, WA

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Tracy Lefroy

Moora, WA

As a farmer and a community leader, Tracy holds several roles that makes her a valuable asset to the GrainGrowers NPG. Tracy is a Partner in a 4500ha grain growing enterprise (6300ha total), Cranmore Farming, Moora Shire President, a board member of Innovations Central Midlands Inc and Gardiner Street Arts Collective and completed Leadership WA’s Signature Leadership Program as Valedictorian (2019). These positions contribute and attest to Tracy’s ability to approach challenges strategically.