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Peak grain bodies join forces

THE Australian Export Grains Innovation Centre (AEGIC) and Grains Australia are joining forces to build a more united national grain alliance.

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 GRDC Chair, John Woods, and WA Minister for Agriculture and Food, Jackie Jarvis. Image courtesy AEGIC.

GRDC Chair, John Woods, and WA Minister for Agriculture and Food, Jackie Jarvis. Image courtesy AEGIC.

Together, both organisations will focus on delivering better outcomes and efficiencies for Australian grain growers and the Australian grains industry.

Under the agreed new structure, there will be a seamless, connected set of industry good services through all parts of the supply chain to support the grain industry's long-term competitiveness and profitability.

There will be no changes to the work AEGIC does. AEGIC will continue its work to deliver customer market insights, applied solutions, and education services.

AEGIC will participate more broadly across the range of Grains Australia's services, including trade and market access and classification systems.

This will reduce risks of duplication, enhance efficiency, and create an environment that's more unified, and quicker to adapt to changing market dynamics.

The integration of activities and alignment between Grains Australia and AEGIC was announced in Perth last week by Western Australian Minister for Agriculture and Food, Jackie Jarvis, and Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Chair, John Woods.

AEGIC Chair, Ron Storey, said the AEGIC Board took an ‘industry first' approach at the outset of these discussions to contribute towards the formation of a more aligned, more efficient operation for the Australian grains industry.

"AEGIC's 10-year partnership with the Western Australian State Government (Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD)) and GRDC is evolving into a broader set of grains industry services with Grains Australia. It's logical, more efficient, and will avoid the risk of "silos" developing. Importantly, it will help to build greater depth in industry technical skills and create a stronger national grains industry," Storey said.

"We commend all parties, especially GRDC and DPIRD, for their collaboration and foresight. It's a good outcome for the investment of grower and taxpayer dollars and will deliver substantial value for the Australian grains industry in the decades ahead."

Until now AEGIC and Grains Australia have operated as separate entities; AEGIC as an initiative of DPIRD and GRDC, and Grains Australia as an initiative of GRDC. Under this new structure, Grains Australia will replace GRDC as a Member of AEGIC (alongside DPIRD) and investment for AEGIC from GRDC will come through Grains Australia.

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