Marshall on grains board

Sarah Allen —  August 13, 2015
Marshall on grains board

Pingelly farmer Ray Marshall has been elected to the board of national grains representative body Grain Producers Australia.

Mr Marshall, who runs a mixed sheep and cropping enterprise and has been involved in grains advocacy for 18 years, was first elected to the Grains Councils of WAFarmers in 1997.

He was the inaugural president of the Western Oats Alliance, now the GIWA Oats Council, and was involved in the development of the national guide to grain contracts with Grain Trade Australia.

Mr Marshall spent four years as part of the national strategic review of grains research and development and was the inaugural vice-president of the WA Grains Group.

He joins Miling grower Barry Large as the second Western Australia representative on the board, as the organisation moves to increase its membership base across the country.


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uni students visit Lake GraceStudents from the Northwest Agriculture and Forestry University, located in  Yangling, Shaanxi  Province of China visited Lake Grace last Wednesday and Thursday.  Most of the students are studying Plant Protection although there were others studying Food Science, Agronomy, Aquaculture and Veterinary Medicine.  The students come from all over China, however the majority were from Central and Southern China with one from Mongolia.

Lake Grace was again one of the major stop overs for students traveling from Perth  to Albany, Wave Rock and back to Perth.  The students are in Western Australia for a month to attend lectures at the Murdoch University, and while they are here they are taken to various points of interest.  This is the third year the students have visited Lake Grace, to look at our farming systems, and is a very popular part of their time in Western Australia.

Best practice grains guideGrains industry chairmen Dan Cooper of NSW Farmers, Darren Arney of GPSA, Doug Clark of the WA Grains Group, Andrew Weidemann of Grain Producers Australia, Agforce’s Wayne Newton, Brett Hosking of the VFF, Andrew Carberry from Grain Growers and Duncan Young of WAFarmers all endorse the new National Grain Guide.

The national grains industry stewardship program, now referred to as the National Grain Guide, has been released with the support of eight grain industry bodies across Australia.

Several years in the making, the guide, titled Growing Australian Grain: Safely Managing Risks with Crop Inputs and Grain On Farm, was launched at the Australian Grains Industry Conference in Melbourne on Monday.

But while the guide is a voluntary code, the Pastoralists and Graziers Association continues to oppose its introduction, saying it will inevitably be used for the development of a regulatory approach to stewardship in the grains industry in the future.

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Growers can download the guide at