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17 March 2011 - GPA To Host Regional Grains Industry Forums

Open industry consultation on significant issues affecting grain producers will be hosted by Grains Producers Australia (GPA) at three regional Grains Industry Forums to be held in March and April. These Forums will involve representatives from GPA, Wheat Quality Australia (WQA) and Plant Health Australia (PHA) and will form a key component of stakeholder engagement, providing a valuable opportunity for growers to learn about new initiatives around grower advocacy, wheat varietal classification and grains biosecurity.

The Forums will be chaired by a regional GPA Director, who will introduce GPA's structure, culture and operation as well as launching GPA's new Grain Policy Framework, which will engage industry stakeholders and develop robust policies to serve the industry.

The Forums will give grain producers access to Wheat Quality Australia Ltd – the recently established company responsible for wheat variety classification. Producers can take the opportunity to better understand WQA operations and how they can contribute to the ongoing development of the processes and strategies of wheat varietal classification.

PHA will also brief industry on the organisation, the Emergency Plant Pest Response Deed and the roles of both GPA and PHA in preparing against and managing incursions of pests and diseases in Australia's grains industry.

The Forums will also showcase the PHA Grains Farm Biosecurity Program and participants will have the opportunity to raise and discuss issues with regional Grains Biosecurity Officers.

The Forums are a key opportunity for all stakeholders to raise issues that will feed into the national agenda for the grain industry and GPA generally. The outcomes will contribute towards the ongoing consultation with industry on dealing with issues of national significance.

Media Opportunity
Members of the media are welcome to attend.

Grains Industry Forums
South Region
11.30am, 28 March 2011
Grain Innovation Park
110 Natimuk Road
Horsham VIC 3400
West Region
11.30am, 14 April 2011
Northam Country Club
15 Wood Drive
Northam WA 6401
North Region
10.30am, 19 April 2011
Goondiwindi Cultural Centre
Cnr Russell and Short Streets
Goondiwindi QLD 4390


For more information please contact Grain Producers Australia on 02 6273 3000 or Chairman Pete Mailler 0427 265 707.

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