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AgForce Grains is part of AgForce, the peak lobby group representing the beef, sheep & wool and grain producers in Queensland. AgForce exists to ensure the long-term growth, viability, competitiveness and profitability of these industries.

AgForce Grains continuously pushes government to establish strong policies which will help, and not hinder, the Queensland grains industry. AgForce Grains is committed to resolve critical industry issues and provide tools and information to assist grain growers to sustain and build their businesses.

National Representation

Grain Producers Australia (GPA) represents Australia's broadacre grain, pulse and oilseed producers at the national level. GPA was set up to foster a strong, innovative, profitable, globally competitive and environmentally sustainable grains industry in Australia. AgForce is a member of GPA and we provide input and feedback to GPA's policy design and advocacy.

What we are working on for grain growers

Capable Supply Chains
AgForce Grains is working with all levels of government (local, state and federal) to ensure the transport infrastructure in Queensland can handle the freight task, efficiently and effectively. This involves advocating for sensible regulation, targeted infrastructure funding and innovation in the supply chain.

Functional Crop Insurance
To make it easier for grain growers to manage risk, AgForce Grains is working towards the introduction of functional crop insurance. Crop insurance that works for farmers needs to be affordable, it needs to ensure risks outside of the control of farmers such as low rainfall, and it needs to be financially sustainable for insurance companies.

North Queensland Crop Development
To create a future for the grains industry in Northern Queensland, AgForce Grains is partnering with the University of Queensland to research how to create a viable broadacre cropping industry in the North.

       

Our wins for grain growers

Oversized Agricultural Machinery Movements
AgForce has successfully advocated to reduce red tape when moving large agricultural vehicles. The new Class 1 Agricultural Vehicle Mass and Dimension Exemption Notice came into effect in April 2019. The Notice increases mass and dimensions exemptions meaning many farmers will no longer need to apply for permits, it reduces the number of designated agricultural zones and it simplifies border movements.

Efficient Grain Transport
The Grain Harvest Management Scheme (GHMS) recognises the difficulty of in-field and on-farm loading of cereals, pulses and legumes with varying moisture contents and densities. GHMS provides flexibility above normal regulation mass limits when field loading bulk commodities. GHMS functions each year from 1 July to 30 June the following year. The scheme benefits the grain industry, the community and the road transport industry.  AgForce administers the scheme on behalf of industry.

2019 AgForce Grains Annual General Meeting

All AgForce Grains members are invited to join the Grains Board for a farm visit and the AGM on 3 December 2019 at Gayndah and the AgForce research station Brian Pastures.

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