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Grower Andrew Weidemann given AM in Queen's birthday honours

Andrew Weidemann was named a member in the general division of the Order of Australia (AM) in the 2020 Queen's birthday honours.
Photo: Clarisa Collis

Grain Producers Australia (GPA) chair and Victorian grower Andrew Weidemann has been recognised for his contribution to the industry by being named a member in the general division of the Order of Australia (AM) in the recent Queen's birthday honours.

Mr Weidemann, who farms at Rupanyup in Victoria's Wimmera region, is a leading farmer, committed local community member and advocate for both the grains industry and his community at the local, state and national levels.

A statement from GPA said Mr Weidemann's commitment and resolve in representing grain growers is unparalleled.

"The board and staff of GPA acknowledge and applaud Andrew's commitment to his industry, his advocacy work and his tireless work ethic," the statement said.

Western Australian grower and GPA deputy chair Barry Large said it was a great day for agriculture for Andrew to be honoured for his efforts for the grains industry.

"He puts the grains industry first, which would not be possible without the support of his wife Julie, his brother Rodney and Rodney's wife Andrea in the partnership on the family farm," he said.

Supporting inclusivity

The policy manager for GPA, Tanya Pittard, said that it was important to acknowledge Mr Weidemann's commitment to supporting young people and inclusivity in agriculture.

"When I started in the industry 20 years ago, Andrew stood out from so many industry members as he would actively promote and support young people to have passion for the grains industry, find their voice and put forward their ideas," she said.

"He is highly deserving of the recognition he receives, as he works tirelessly and without thought for reward."

Dr Tony Gregson (AM), renowned scientist and inaugural director of both GRDC and CSIRO, said Mr Weidemann had done an outstanding job in tackling big issues for the grains industry.

"It is a richly deserved honour and recognises the respect both industry and government have for him," he said.

Former Grains Council of Australia chair, Jamie Smith, said Mr Weidemann had been an industry stalwart for a long time.

"He has been integral to the transition of grains farming advocacy into more commercial thinking," he said.

Wayne Newton, a former president of the AgForce Queensland grains board who has worked with Mr Weidemann for many years, said Andrew was always available and enthusiastic about the industry as a whole.

"He has always given 120 per cent for the industry," he said.

Dan Cooper, a former NSW Farmers grains committee chair, said the award was fitting for someone who had contributed so much over a long period of time.

"I cannot think of anyone more deserving of the recognition," he said.

Chair of the Australian Export Grain Innovation Centre, Terry Enright, said the award was recognition of long-term effective representation of grain growers.

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