GBA now in Albany

The West Australian

Grain Brokers Australia has expanded by opening its first regional office in Albany.

The new office, which opened this week, increases GBA's on-ground presence and provides grain growers with greater access to grain-selling opportunities throughout the Albany, Esperance and Bunbury port zones, and into domestic markets.

The office will be operated by experienced GBA grain brokers Chad Jefferis and Mike Saunders, who are both based in Albany.

Mr Jefferis joined Grain Brokers in May and has a wealth of experience in the agricultural industry.

He was born and raised around the Dumbleyung and Wagin area, where he lived and worked on the family farm.

He has spent the past three years working with Emerald Grain as a grain merchant looking after growers in the Albany and Esperance zones, where he has developed a passion and extensive knowledge of the grain sector.

Mr Saunders joined the GBA team in early 2014. After completing an agricultural management degree at university in 2001, Mr Saunders returned to the family farm in Zimbabwe, where he ran the business for five years, producing wheat, barley and corn.

He and his family migrated to WA in 2006. For the past nine years, Mr Saunders has been working as a key account manager, servicing clients throughout the Great Southern and central Wheatbelt.

GBA provides grain growers with a full brokering and advisory service to help them maximise returns from their grain sales.

This includes price discovery, grain brokering and sales, domestic grain marketing, contract execution and harvest administration.

GBA general manager Jeff Winspear said the opening of the new office was a significant milestone for the business and for grain growers in the region.

"Our business has grown considerably during recent years, and we are now very pleased to be opening our first regional office in Albany," he said.

"We have a growing team who will now be more accessible to farmers across the southern areas of the State.

"GBA is already working with a large group of farmers in this area. Now with the increasing grain production, an expanding number of marketing options and some exciting pricing opportunities at the moment, we are receiving more interest in our broking and advisory services."

Mr Winspear said having a local presence would help clients capitalise on these opportunities.

"We would encourage growers who are in Albany to feel free to drop in the office and say hello," he said.

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