SA grower on GPA board

Gregor Heard
By Gregor Heard
Updated December 1 2021 - 3:08am, first published 3:00am
Mark Schilling has been elected to fill the casual vacancy as southern director on the Grain Producers Australia board.

THE REPLACEMENT South Australian director at Grain Producers Australia to replace the retiring Steve Ball has been elected.

Yorke Peninsula farmer Mark Schilling, Cunliffe, will take up the SA vacancy on the board left by Mr Ball's departure.

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A GPA selection committee assessed nominations to fill a casual vacancy for the GPA southern director's position before recommending Mr Schilling be offered the spot, which the GPA board accepted.

Mr Schilling's appointment will now be further ratified by GPA members at next year's AGM.

He brings a strong set of skills to the GPA board, as a founding director of state farmer organisation Grain Producers SA.

Along with his farming commitments, Mr Schilling is also a partner and manager of AG Schilling & Co, a vertically integrated grain and fodder supply chain agribusiness.

GPA chair Barry Large, welcomed Mr Schilling's appointment to the board.

"Mark will be a strong contributor and advocate for Australian grain producers, adding to the skills, experience and expertise of our other board members and the GPA policy council," Mr Large said.

"Mark's background in not only grain producing, but start-ups, corporate governance, commercial strategy, and outside of box thinking will strengthen GPA's strategic advantages, to deliver good outcomes for growers and our industry."

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Gregor Heard

Gregor Heard

National Grains Industry Reporter

Gregor Heard is Fairfax Ag Media's national grains industry reporter, based in Horsham, Victoria. He has a wealth of knowledge surrounding the cropping sector through his ten years in the role. Prior to that he was with the Fairfax network as a reporter with Stock & Land. Some of the major issues he has reported on during his time with the company include the deregulation of the export wheat market, the introduction of genetically modified crops and the fight to protect growers better from grain trader insolvencies. Still involved with the family farm he is passionate about rural Australia and its people and hopes to use his role to act as an advocate for those involved in the grain sector. Away from work, he is a keen traveller, having spent his long service leave last year in Spain learning the language.

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