GRDC National Grower Network

The NGN is GRDC’s front door for those who want to engage with us

GRDC’s National Grower Network (NGN) refers to the community of growers and grains industry stakeholders across Australia’s growing regions whom GRDC engages directly to assist in developing locally relevant research development and extension (RD&E) investments.


The NGN was established to:

  • support meaningful engagement with grain growers
  • improve understanding of local issues
  • assist in the development of investments that are locally relevant and have on-farm impact.

The NGN helps to capture ideas, issues, constraints and opportunities for RD&E to enhance grower profitability. To achieve this, GRDC will engage with stakeholders through forums that are open to all growers, advisers, researchers and industry parties.

Engagement opportunities

NGN engagement opportunities can be categorised into two distinct formats:

  1. GRDC Grower Forums: These forums are approximately 3-4 hours and include discussion of grower issues (facilitated by GRDC’s Grower Relations Managers) and presentations addressing local issues or delivering regionally relevant research. NGN Forums may also be combined with other events, such as GRDC Grains Research Updates and field days.
  2. Industry Forums: We recognises the value of growers’ and grains industry stakeholders’ time and where possible will partner with industry stakeholders to leverage existing engagement opportunities.

For upcoming GRDC Grower Forums in your region, please visit our events page. You can subscribe to receive notifications of upcoming events.

If you are interested in finding out more about our Grower Forums or would like to be involved in an existing industry event, contact our Grower Relations Managers:

Northern region

Graeme Sandral, Grower Relations Manager – North, 0409 226 235,

Richard Holzknecht, Grower Relations Manager – North, 0408 773 865,

Southern region

Courtney Ramsey, Grower Relations Manager – South, 0428 274 018,

Randall Wilksch, Grower Relations Manager – South, 0437 769 098,

Tom Blake, Grower Relations Manager – South, 0418 893 186,

Western region

Jo Wheeler, Grower Relations Manager – West, 0438 292 167,

Lizzie von Perger, Grower Relations Manager – West, 0436 665 362,

Rachel Asquith, Grower Relations Manager – West, 0436 665 361,

Frequently asked questions

Do I have to wait for a GRDC Grower Forum in my area to raise an issue or opportunity with GRDC?

No, you can contact a GRDC staff member at any time to discuss issues, opportunities or constraints. GRDC Panel members are also a key regional contact for feeding vital information into GRDC.

What happens to the issues I raise? What does GRDC do with the information?

GRDC uses the information captured from Grower Forums to understand and inform current and future RD&E investment. Industry insights into the area, impact, cost and frequency of occurrence of problems or constraints helps ensure research is tailored to meet grower needs.

GRDC is also committed to providing feedback on the issues, opportunities and constraints that are identified as key local priorities. We will let you know about relevant existing RD&E investments or new investments developed in response to local concerns, as well as why we might not progress a particular topic to a new investment.

Information will be communicated back to you via email, through local forums and via information on this website.

How does GRDC prioritise issues?

If you attend our GRDC Grower Forums you will have an opportunity to raise issues and constraints for your region and vote to identify priorities. The priority issues will be entered into a publicly available GRDC National Opportunities and Constraints Register. GRDC Panel members will also assist staff to identify priorities for investment considering existing projects, research gaps, return on investment and other factors.

How do I find out what investments GRDC has related to a particular issue?

Information about current and past GRDC investments are available on the GRDC website. If you search via topics you should be able to access relevant resources, such as factsheets, publications, podcasts and videos. If you can’t find what you are seeking please reach out to GRDC staff.

How can I find out what trials are happening in my area?

GRDC Online Farm Trials provides information about on-farm, or field-based, cropping research trial data and information at locations across Australia. NVT Online provides maps of where variety trials are located for a range of crops. GRDC is continuously working to improve data on this site to ensure information is valuable and relevant to industry.

How can I find out about workshops, field days and activities in my region?

Subscribing to GRDC upcoming events wrap will ensure you receive an email each month with the local grains-related events in your region.

How long will it take the issue I raised to be considered?

GRDC undertakes rigorous analysis to ensure we are investing in RD&E that will have a positive impact on grower profitability. We consider factors such as the size and scope of the issue, level of investment and the type of response required and how it fits with other RD&E investments, as well as our RD&E Investment Strategy and GRDC Key Investment Targets.

So it’s hard to put a standard time-frame on how long it will take, but you can follow up with our Grower Relations Managers anytime to understand whether an issue is being considered or how an investment is progressing.

How can I find out if an issue I raised is being considered for RD&E investment?

GRDC is committed to providing feedback directly to you after the Grower Forums about resources and investments related to the issues raised. We will also report back the following forum in your area to highlight any investment responses that resulted. We are currently working other ways to publicly share feedback and RD&E investments which have been developed in response to grower, adviser and researcher raised issues, opportunities and constraints.

What does partnering with GRDC mean for industry? Who do I get in touch with?

If you are hosting or involved with a grains industry event and you think GRDC being involved would add value please give us a call. Our Grower Relations Managers can provide an overview of current investments in your area, participate and facilitate discussion or actively listen to the concerns and opportunities for RD&E investments of your members or event attendees.