TRADERS, brokers and transport operators from the Queensland grain industry gathered in Toowoomba yesterday for the Queensland Agricultural Merchants (QAM) annual general meeting, where the organisation elected a new president in Scott Merson.
A senior commodity broker with RainAg and part of its Toowoomba team, Mr Merson takes over from Andrew Jurgs, cottonseed trading manager with Namoi Cotton, also based in Toowoomba.
Mr Jurgs has been QAM president since 2017, the year Queensland was plunged into drought, and became a net importer of interstate grain to supply its stockfeed and human-consumption needs once stocks ran down.
“It was great to see the season turn around in 2020, and the volume of grain QAM members is handling now is a good problem to have,” Mr Jurgs said.
Other problems have been less welcome, and included this year’s floods, when traders, brokers, consumers and transport operators were cooperating to get grain delivered amid a network of cut roads and rail lines, and the COVID pandemic.
“Some wet harvests and the mouse plague as well gave us some issues to work out for our members, particularly on sorghum standards, so contracts could reflect what the industry was dealing with in terms of quality.”
“Let’s hope our harvests from here on in are dry ones, and I wish Scott all the best for his time as president.”
“It’s a role I’m honoured to have held.”
QAM’s 2022 AGM was held at the Spotted Cow Hotel, and included presentations from Sydney-based Grain Trade Australia CEO Pat O’Shannassy, and NAB’s Emma Brown and Ryan Johnson.