The research needs and priorities of southern New South Wales grain growers are set to attract a renewed focus under a new Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Grower Solution Group initiative.
Tenders opened this week for the provision of Grower Solutions Group Projects in southern NSW which will help shape the future direction of locally-relevant research, development and extension activities and deliver paddock-ready solutions to local production challenges.
The GRDC is responsible for planning, investing in and overseeing research and development, and delivering improvements in production, sustainability and profitability across the Australian grains industry.
To ensure on-farm issues are given priority, the GRDC has established grower solutions groups throughout the northern grains region, to provide a vital link between on-ground issues and regional research projects.
GRDC grower services manager - north Sharon O’Keeffe said approximately 400 growers and advisors were directly involved in identifying priority issues, twice a year across the northern region, as part of the current grower solution group (GSG) model.
“Grower solutions groups ensure local issues and farming systems are considered when the GRDC sets one-to-three-year research priorities with the ultimate aim of improving farm productivity and profitability,” she said.
“These groups provide the link between regional research and localised validation, which results in fast-tracked outcomes and provides answers and information to help growers and agronomists make decisions on-farm.
“Having these regionally-based GSGs also means the GRDC is informed about emerging issues early. Many disease or pest problems may only become apparent as the season develops so this system provides an opportunity for a fast response.”
“A significant number of local issues are solved through GSG-initiated research, so this is a critical part of the GRDC work in the northern region,” Ms O’Keeffe said.
GRDC is currently seeking an agreement with a tenderer to deliver the Southern NSW GSG Projects for the next five years.
The Southern NSW GSG Project will be required to:
1. Gather locally specific issues and assess and prioritise locally specific issues for research
2. Fast track delivery of research outcomes
3. Conduct local validation of regional research
4. Package the results of the localised R&D within the region
5. Drive practice change.
The closing date for questions is 30 May, 2016, 2pm (AEDT) while the closing date for tenders is 13 June, 2016 2pm (AEDT). Applications received after 2pm (AEDT) will not be considered.
Questions regarding the tender are to be directed to this email address, and answers will be posted on the GRDC website at this link. For more details, including lodgement documents, follow this link.
Sharon O’Keeffe, GRDC grower services manager - north
0409 279 328
Sarah Jeffrey, Senior Consultant Cox Inall Communications
0418 152 859