GRAIN Growers Limited (GrainGrowers) says it will push ahead with plans for grain industry improvement after a successful Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Wagga Wagga last week.
GrainGrowers chairman John Eastburn said there was strong attendance at the 53rd AGM, with more than 90 per cent of members voting in favour of important constitutional changes.
"As a result, the constitution has been updated to reflect our new strategic plan and role as Australia’s only national, independent, member-based, financially sustainable, technically resourced, grain producer organisation," Mr Eastburn said.
"The geographic boundaries used in the constitution have been refined to enable national coverage," he said.
"As a result, from next year two additional grower directors will represent the newly-defined Western Region, which covers Western Australia and South Australia."
Other changes included adding an "ordinary member" category and removing references to GrainCorp shares, which GrainGrowers sold in January for $53.5million profit.
"The financial results of 2011 are impressive - there is a very strong balance sheet and no debt," Mr Eastburn said.
"This is a direct result of GrainGrowers being run by professional people with passion and integrity that strive for a more profitable and sustainable grain industry," he said.
"These results are outstanding but the hard work will not stop there. For the next 12 months, GrainGrowers' focus will be on communication, member engagement and outcomes.
"We are committed to industry engagement and transparent policy development and will consult widely with growers, particularly through our upcoming inaugural National Quarterly Grower Consultation Forum."
GrainGrowers' inaugural National GrainGrowers Summit, held in Wagga Wagga in the lead up to the AGM, allowed members to discuss issues and opportunities with staff and invited speakers.
Membership of GrainGrowers is open to all Australian grain producers and is free until 31 December. For more information or to sign up, visit www.graingrowers.c om.au.