VFF Grains Group rallies against Grain Growers proposals

THE Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) Grains Group council members say they have voted unanimously to reject changes on national grains representation and constitutional changes proposed by Grains Growers Limited (GGL) and will be voting “NO” at the forthcoming Annual General Meeting (AGM) of GGL, according to VFF

Grains Group President Andrew Weidemann.

“This motion builds on the frustration that has been expressed by members of GGL at a large number of VFF

Branch meetings held recently. It is clear that the Board of GGL is not listening to grass roots growers.”

“VFF has continued to work to reconcile all parties around national representation and has sent a letter to the chairman of GGL summarising the views held by the State Farming organisations. These views include but are

not limited to;

The Representative Organisation (RO) should meet DAFF’s criteria for determining an industry RO under Members of the national RO should be GRDC Levy Paying producers; No Standing Proxies; Weighted voting on policy issues of dissent; State Farming Organisation’s constituted involvement in Policy development; Board elected by 1 member 1 Vote; Board separated from policy development beyond oversight of process; and A sustainable funding model. “The VFF Grains Group does not believe that GGL currently or under the proposed constitutional changes will meet these criteria and as a result recommends members vote NO at the AGM, on 26 October 2011,” Mr Weidemann said.

“If GGL is to take on the mantle of national grower representative, constitutional and cultural reform have to

go a lot further than proposed and growers should not settle for what is on offer at the moment.”

The VFF Grains Group holds a large block of standing proxies and is encouraging members to revoke these

proxies and vote NO for themselves.

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