Established in 2002 to develop stronger connections between Western Australian grower groups, researchers, funding bodies and industry, today the GGA is a thriving state-wide network of over 60 local grower groups with a collective membership exceeding 4,000 farm enterprises.
From 2002 – 2013, GGA was funded by the Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC) and hosted by the University of Western Australia (UWA). Grower groups were bound informally together as a Project with stakeholders mainly from the grains sector.
From 2014 -2019, GGA was funded by the WA Department of Primary Industries & Regional Development (DPIRD) and hosted by the Grain Industry Association of Western Australia (GIWA).
In 2018, GGA became an incorporated not-for-profit association governed by a Board and a formal membership was introduced.
In 2019, GGA entered a four year $4.38 million, performance based Collaboration Agreement with DPIRD. This watershed agreement aims to lift the overall investment in demand driven and farmer-led applied agricultural research via grower groups and based on the WA context and environment.
As part of the agreement, GGA Management team was empowered with an expansion from 2 to 7 personnel with 5 DPIRD staff allocated to GGA as part of the Collaboration.
By 2021, $7 million in collaborative R,D&E Brokered Programs have been executed with the GGA Network and a further $11 million in the pipeline. Strong engagement with GGA’s Capacity Building program is taking place. By early 2021, the GGA Network has strengthened from a traditional base of 43 grower groups to over 60, with membership expansion coming from the beef and horticulture sectors contributing valued diversity, producer expertise, stakeholder visibility and cross sector links.