NSWFA Contact

Robert Hardie

Policy Director - Grain & Horticulture
Ph: (02) 9478-1074
Email: hardier@nswfarmers.org.au

Jennifer Shillabeer

Policy Advisor
Ph: (02) 9478-1003
Email: shillabeerj@nswfarmers.org.au

Grains Committee Members

Name Town
Rebecca Reardon (Chair) Moree
Rob Eassie
Terry Fishpool
Andrew Hawthorn Ardlethan
Adrian Lyons Gulargambone
Matthew Madden
Keith Moen Wollomombi
Brent Morton West Wyalong
Shane Peasley Forbes

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Cropping & Horticulture

  • Working with State Farming Organisation grains industry members to strengthen the agreed national representative model for grain farmers.
  • Seeking the implementation of policy that facilitates beneficial competition for farmers’ produce in the cropping and horticulture sectors.
  • Retaining effective quarantine and management of pests and plant diseases to protect horticulturalists and farmers.
  • Maintaining and increasing access to chemical products essential to operating farming and horticulture.
  • Advancing weed management across public and private land.

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The NSW grains industry is valued at $2.24billion which represents 30% of the national industry. NSW Farmers’ Grains Committee addresses a broad range of industry issues, with the aim of improving the profitability and the overall business environment for our grain growing members.

The Grains Committee with the assistance of their dedicated staff maintain close ties with key industry representatives in order to keep abreast of the latest issues emerging within the grains industry. This includes seeking policy to facilitate lower costs through the supply chain through improved efficiency and enhanced competition.  The Committee also seeks better outcomes through Grain Trade Australia's development of standards, contracts and dispute resolution processes.

The Committee is working with other State Farming Organisations through the Representative Organisation to monitor and provide input into ongoing discussions surrounding the Grains Research and Development Corporation.




The Horticulture Committee represents members from the diverse and dynamic horticulture industries which produce over $1 billion in farm gate value and employ over 10,000 people in NSW.

The committee is made of representatives elected from seven district councils encompassing NSW. The horticulture section of the Association works closely with a number of national bodies such as NFF (National Farmers Federation), AUSVEG Limited (Australian Vegetable and Potato Growers Federation) and APAL (Australian Apple and Pear Limited).

NSW Farmers not only works on specialist horticulture matters, such as the Horticulture Code of Conduct and matters of horticulture biosecurity; but also on key cross-commodity issues which have particular effect on the horticulture industries, including land use planning, supermarket power and access to safe and effective chemicals.



Agricultural Chemicals

With Australia comprising of less than 1 percent of the world’s market for agricultural and veterinary chemicals and much of our agricultural industry reliant upon export markets, Australia needs an efficient and effective regulatory framework to ensure that farmers have ongoing access to a choice of chemical product to manage pests, weeds and disease.

The NSW Farmers’ Agricultural Chemicals Committee and policy team strive to improve and maximize the returns and sustainability of members at a State and national level. Policy is developed and progressed through close ties with growers, peak industry bodies, Research & Development organizations and all levels of Government.

As part of this process, the Association liaises with a number of National and State Government Departments, National Agricultural and Horticultural bodies.


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