Adrian is a grain grower based in Coonamble, NSW.
He owns 10,000 acre farming property, Caraminyah, together with two full time staff, which is used for the cropping of wheat, barley, canola, faba beans, chickpeas and sorghum.
As a third generation farmer, Adrian knows that what drives a farmer in his work is growing a healthy size crop.
Adrian loves the autonomy that comes with the farming lifestyle, being his own boss and setting his own schedule.
Adrian knows he can rely on his mates in the grain industry for the shared understanding that comes with investing in a shared passion and pursuit.
What is one thing you’re continually striving toward?
“Minimising supply chain costs and growing bigger crops. In my role with NSW Farmers Association, I spend a lot of time advocating for how important Agriculture is to our economy as food producers and endeavouring to keep government intervention and red tape to a minimum.”
What is one thing you love about your job or lifestyle in grain?
“I like the independence that comes with being a farmer; having autonomy over decision-making.
There’s a lot of bureaucracy and rules and regulations to contend with in our industry, but when it comes to the daily running of things it’s down to myself and my team. If I want to go on holiday, for example, the spontaneity is there to take advantage of that; when the weather permits.”
What is one thing you value about having mates in the grain industry?
“We all have something in common, whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing. You’re all sharing the same ups and downs. So we’re empathetic to each other and we understand what’s going on. This drought particularly has really pulled communities together. We are resilient and always looking for the edge in what we do, also enjoying a few beers with the obligatory banter and laughs to go with it.”