Following invitations to over 20 State and Federal politicians, Grains President Duncan Young and Grains Senior Vice President Michael Fels have met with a number of them recently.
The meeting on 13 May included Minister Ken Baston MLC, Hon. Jim Chown, and Hon. Brian Ellis.
Similar meetings previously held include Hon. Dave Grills MLC, Hon. Martin Aldridge, Senator Chris Back, and Hon. Nigel Hallet.
Meetings that will be conducted in the coming months include Hon. Alannah MacTiernan, Hon. Christian Porter, Minister for Regional Development and Lands Terry Redman, Hon. Darren West, Hon. Mia Davies, Shadow Minister for Agroiculture and Food Ken Travers, Hon. Paul Brown, Parliamentary Secretary Shane Love, Hon. Mark Lewis and Rick Wilson.
We are also organising meetings with Senator Rachel Siewert and Senator Zhenya Wang.
The feedback from the meetings has been very positive. We have emphasised that WAFarmers wants to work constructively with politicians to secure better outcomes for farmers and grain growers. We want to be consulted and we have made this abundantly clear.
Minister Ken Baston has also confirmed his attendance to the next WAFarmers Grains Council meeting in July, where he will liase directly with our grain grower representatives.