Tuesday, 17 October 2017 
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1.  Indonesian briefing

GrainGrowers CEO Dr Michael Southan and Trade & Economics Manager Luke Mathews met the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources' incoming Indonesian Counsellor, George Hughes, and DAWR Assistant Director Trade and Market Access Division, Dianna Ni today in Sydney.
The meeting discussed the importance of the Indonesian market for the Australian grain industry, current Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA) negotiations, the importance of developing a strategic partnership with the Indonesian industry and of improving market access for Australian feed grains into the Indonesian market.


GrainGrowers' Indonesian Feed Grain Market Access report
GrainGrowers' Indonesian Market for Australian Grains report
2.  Two WA growers elected to GrainGrowers’ Board

Grain Growers Limited held its 59th Annual General Meeting this month in Perth, Western Australia. This year, elections were held for the two Board director positions representing the western region (South Australia and Western Australia). Three members contested the election. A vote of GrainGrowers' members across Australia resulted in the election of Rodney Birch, Coorow, WA (left) and Rhys Turton, York, WA. The GrainGrowers Board consists of two grower directors from each region (north, south and west) and two non-grower directors.

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3.  Packed agenda for final 2017 National Policy Group meeting

NPG meeting in Sydney (April 2017).

GrainGrowers’ National Policy Group held its final 2017 meeting in Perth this month to discuss the single heavy vehicle notice, telecommunications priorities, grains freight modelling and changes needed to allow farmers to access the $10 million+ funding still available through the Federal Government’s Managing Farm Risk Programme and to improve the Multi-Peril Crop Insurance offerings in Australia. The NPG also provided views on the priorities for the new five year strategic plan for GRDC. A draft plan will be publicly available later this year.
GrainGrowers is currently seeking nominations from grain farmer members in the Western Region (Western Australia and South Australia) for the NPG. Nominations close on 10 November.

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4. NFF President to address NSW Farm Writers
With agriculture now the largest contributor to national GDP growth and the fastest growing economic sector - what is the view about the future from National Farmers' Federation? Fiona Simson, NFF President, will talk about the work NFF is doing to ensure sustainable growth in the Australian agricultural industry when she addresses the NSW Farm Writers' Association on Friday 27 October in Sydney. 

In particular Fiona will touch on:
• sustaining investment in the sector from both domestic and foreign sources 
• rising energy prices 
• how the NFF is leading the push for greater diversity within Australian agribusinesses.
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5.  Online tool for anonymous agricultural complaints
The ACCC has launched a new online tool for the agriculture sector to anonymously report concerns about competition or fair trading issues.

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Plus 1 ....
With the start of summer, please take snakes seriously. According to a new study from the Royal Flying Doctor Service, the brown snake (a pair seen here in Dubbo NSW) is the most common biter in those attacks where the snake has been positively identified (41%), followed by the tiger snake (17%) and red-bellied black snake (16%). However, recent advances in medication mean any snakebite can be treated with a generic polyvalent anti-venom, so identification is no longer necessary.
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