Grain NSW was formed by five NSW based rural merchants in 1970 with the purpose of bringing together rural merchants involved in providing services to primary producers. Our members were involved in the supply of sowing seeds, fertilizer, chemicals, market advice and marketing. Our motto clearly and proudly stated our goal of “Linking Rural and Commercial Enterprise in Free Trade”.

The association has a proud history of expressing our members’ viewpoints to Government and all sectors of the grain industry. Our advocacy has benefited the industry by:

  • Providing significant input to government inquiries and reviews on issues affecting the industry;
  • Playing a significant role in the deregulation of the grains industry;
  • Defending free enterprise to support people trading as individual businesses;
  • Driving the formation, in 1980, of the Triticale Association of Australia;
  • Conducting overseas industry tours in New Zealand, China and North America to allow our members to explore new markets and international best practice standards;
  • Being involved in the formation of Grain Trade Australia (formerly the National Agricultural Commodity Marketing Association) in 1991;
  • Supported industry learning and training through a range of initiatives including scholarships in partnership with Charles Sturt University, developing a grain handlers’ best practice course and funding Quality Assurance (ISO 9000) courses for members
  • Linked rural and city based businesses in order to strengthen the industry;
  • Providing representation for our members on influential committees and working parties;

In 1994, the association merged with the Grain and Feed Trade Association Inc to strengthen rural marketing.

In 2013, we changed our name to Grain NSW Inc to reflect our role as the premier grain industry association in NSW, to reaffirm that we will remain part of the industry and strengthen our position on the Grain Trade Australia committee and to reflect our wider membership which represents the post farm-gate sector within NSW, which includes traders, brokers, logistics operations, stock feed manufacturers and exporters.