Three Victorian producers have been selected to feature in the 2019 NAB Agribusiness calendar.
Launched last week in Toowoomba, Qld, the calendar showcases 12 outstanding Australian businesses and their impact on the agriculture industry.
The three Victorian businesses were Wimpak, United Wool and North West Ag.
Wimpak, based in Minyip, is a grain-packing co-operative.
Founded in 1998 by 10 farmers from the Wimmera region, it aimed to add value to crops and cut out the middleman.
It now services growers from the northern Mallee to the South Australian border, and exports about 55,000 tonnes of pulse-type crops each year to customers in the United States, New Zealand, the Middle East and
United Wool, based in Tottenham, was founded in 2013, when three young wool exporters, Matt Hand, Andrew Jackson and Nigel Rendell, introduced new indexed supply concepts to the industry.
They created a more equitable outcome for producers and processors by not fixing the price until the wool was ready to be shipped.
North West Ag, based in the Mallee, was formerly a small-time rural supplies distributor, but thanks to the influence of Steve Cameron, it was turned into a thriving conglomerate employing a staff of 60.
North West Ag’s activities encompass a product sales division with 14 outlets across Victoria, one of Australia’s largest dedicated agronomy consultancies in AGRIvision Consultants, and the grain aggregation and marketing services business Flexi Grain.