Grain Producers Australia would like to acknowledge Caroline Rhode’s strong leadership and contribution to the South Australian and Australian grains industry.
Ms Rhodes today announced she’d be resigning as CEO of Grain Producers SA (GPSA) – one of GPA’s State Farming Members – to become the new CEO of Primary Producers SA.
GPA Chair, Barry Large, said as GPSA CEO since April 2018, Ms Rhodes has applied her extensive industry experience and strategic knowledge to be an influential contributor to the development of national grains policy, via GPSA’s Membership of the GPA Policy Council.
He said Ms Rhodes has also been a strong and dynamic voice championing the views of SA growers for Australia’s $13 billion grains sector, while also creating positive changes in SA; especially successfully advocating to repeal the long-standing moratorium on GM crops.
“We wish Caroline all the best with her new role with Primary Producers SA and welcome GPSA’s move now to recruit a replacement CEO who will have big shoes to fill, but will also be stepping into an organisation that’s been very well-run and is also on a much stronger footing to represent growers,” he said.
“On issues such as GM crops, which GPA has also been a loud voice for growers supporting the scientific evidence and commercial and agronomic benefits of this technology, Caroline led a strong team advocating positive change to benefit GPSA’s grower members.
“Her dedicated work has also helped GPA do our job better in representing more than 22,000 Australian growers to advocate positive outcomes on core policy issues such as RD&E, trade and market access and biosecurity, to help grow the profitability and sustainability of our industry.
“We know Caroline will hit the ground running in her new role growing SA agriculture.”