WEST PERTH, AUSTRALIA — The CBH Group will soon be undertaking a series of meetings across Australia to update grower members on important developments at the cooperative including investment in rail assets and network infrastructure, Quality Optimisation, market outlook and corporate strategy for 2012 and Grain Express, the company announced on March 14.

Chief Executive Officer Andy Crane said growers and their families should have now received invitations to the meetings, and he encouraged all to attend.

Crane will join Chairman Neil Wandel, General Manager Operations Colin Tutt and Acting General Manager CBH Grain Bryce Banfield in hosting the meetings.

"There are several major initiatives in progress, which will improve the value we return to growers in coming months and years and it is important that growers hear more about these developments before the new season gets underway," Crane said. "We want to use the meetings to demonstrate more clearly the specific value the co-operative returns to growers and the measures used to prove this. I am encouraging growers to come and hear about our grower value return on capital measure.

"As the biggest grain exporter in Western Australia, CBH also believes it is timely to give our members an update on the grain market outlook and our market development activities."

The meetings kick off in Perenjori on  March 26 and wind up in Borden on April 19. A sundowner will be held after each meeting. All growers and their families are invited to attend for a light dinner and refreshments.