Monday, March 5th, 2012 - SAFF
Former State Premier and respected rural business identity Rob Kerin has been appointed as Independent Chair of the interim management group for the South Australian Farmers Federation (SAFF) Grains Section.

Announcing the ‘timely and exciting" appointment, SAFF President Peter White said: "There's nobody better than Rob Kerin to take the reins, consult with growers and steer out team towards a new and effective model for representing South Australian grain growers", "we all remember him as a popular Premier and primary Industries Minister, but also Minister for Natural Resources, Regional Development, Minerals and Energy and State Development, as well as running a successful rural family business - a great communicator and decent bloke".

"Repairing the grains lobby and setting future directions is a complex and sensitive task. Rob's the man for the job and the SAFF is delighted to have him on board", Mr White said.

The SAFF recently announced the re-establishment of its Grains Section in partnership with national lobby group GrainGrowers Limited (GGL) offering grassroots local representation with national impact.

The first collaborative project will be a series of industry consultation meetings with grain producers in regional venues across the State in late March and early April.

The SAFF Grains Group, comprising regional nominees under Mr Kerin's leadership will identify suitable projects to benefit grain growers and make recommendation to a general meeting to coincide with the full SAFF AGM in August.

Mr Kerin sees his role as clearing the ground for a sustainable future: "There have been a lot of smart and determined people in the grains lobby over the years, and it's a privilege to join their ranks. Some are familiar faces and I look forward to talking with them again, because we need their experience and knowledge - not just for this group, or the SAFF, but the whole of the state, because this is an important industry".

"And, because this is about moving forward. I want to meet with as many of the 5,000 or so growers that we don't hear much from, because they keep their heads down and get on with the job. I'll be getting out and about," he said.

SAFF Chief Executive Carol Vincent believes the Kerin appointment and imminent consultation programs represent a unique and crucially- important opportunity that must not be squandered.

"Unity in the face of commercial, environmental and political issues is everything", she said.

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