Grain growers to have their say

Peak grains representative body GrainGrowers is inviting growers across the country to have their say on the issues impacting their farm in the 2022 Annual Policy Survey, the results of which will be shared directly with key political candidates and parties to ensure they are focussing on the right grower priorities, and direct GrainGrowers’ advocacy efforts over the year ahead.

The survey covers a range of topics including biosecurity and pests to RD&E and climate change.

“The 2022 Annual Policy Survey asks growers for their honest thoughts and our job is then to turn this into grower-focussed policy and advocacy efforts,” says Brett Hosking, GrainGrowers Chair and VIC grower.

“Growers are at the heart of all the work GrainGrowers does and the annual survey helps ensure that what is happening on the farm is reflected in our policy efforts.”

Conducted through a mix of multiple choice and long-form answer questions, the survey asks growers to share more about the issues that are deemed important to their commercial enterprises and what policies are needed to support this.

The 2022 Annual Policy Survey is being conducted by third-party market research firm Kynetec on behalf of GrainGrowers and follows ESOMAR codes of practice for confidential research. Information provided by respondents in the study will be combined with others and no individual responses will be identified.

The 2021 Annual Policy Survey revealed the top three challenges facing Aussie growers were costs of farm inputs, labour/skills shortages, and machinery/capital expenses (including cost of repairs). Most growers expected the industry to improve over the next 12 months due to; good season, strong commodity prices and improved technology and research.

As an added incentive, this year responding growers will also go in the running to win one of two $1000 Mastercard Gift Cards as a gesture of thanks for taking the time to share their views.

GrainGrowers’ 2022 Annual Policy Survey is currently open and will close on 9 March 2022 and is available to complete here.

PHOTO: GrainGrowers Chair, Brett Hosking, encourages growers to be part of the important Annual Policy Survey.


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