AFTER six years as a director of CBH it could be argued that Pingrup farmer Trevor Badger has done some hard time.
But Mr Badger is a passionate man with a desire to continue helping growers.
He is standing for re-election for District 4 as a CBH director and said there were still things he would like to see changed in the co-operative.
"After six years of hard but successful work, the direction has turned towards the grower and away from CBH as a business," Mr Badger said.
"I think the previous direction was about a big business that could be put on the market and listed but now I think we are about halfway through the turn where we are looking after the growers first."
Mr Badger said initially the only reason he had gone for the board position was to support CBH in remaining as a co-operative, but there were still many other things which needed to be done.
"The job hasn't finished," he said.
"CBH is talking about value and returning it to growers and it is good to talk about it but I want to see it happen.
"There is a big difference between talking and acting.
"I believe the co-op can do it and I believe that the members want the co-op to do it."
Mr Badger said he wanted to see cuts to costs for growers' right across the board and CBH was on its way to doing that.
"For example, the rail investment is the first investment that CBH has ever made that has reduced costs for growers," he said. "And that is something that is measurable, tangible and real.
"Anybody using rail today is paying seven per cent less than last year.
"That is an incredible achievement in the face of rising costs and in a difficult economic environment.
"I believe there is room for probably 20 per cent reductions (in rail freight) and I think there will be a 5pc reduction next year due to operating efficiencies in operating the rail.
"And there could easily be 15pc rail reductions if we were able to work with government and Brookfield about the access to the rail and the rent we pay on rail."
CBH announced a record profit last week of $162.4 million and Mr Badger said it would be great to see that returned to growers.
"Record profits never look good for growers, especially when it comes off a couple of lean years," he said. "You mustn't jump at shadows and what is important is this record profit is invested where it helps the growers and not sent overseas and turned into investments overseas that the growers will never see a cent from."
Mr Badger said he would like to see parts of CBH, such as CBH Grain, make less of a profit and the foregone profit be transferred into better CBH grain prices.
"I can't see a point in CBH grain paying 30pc corporate tax when most members are battling to make a profit, let alone pay tax," he said.