GRDC committed to building capacity among growers

Author: James Clark | Date: 26 Feb 2015

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By James Clark, GRDC Northern Panel Chair

The Grains Research and Development Corporation’s (GRDC) Northern Panel is driven by the aim of delivering dollars to growers’ pockets and a key part of this strategy is growing the leadership skills set of the grain industry.

Continued industry leadership of targeted research, development and extension (RD&E) is critical to the ongoing success of our industry.

The GRDC takes a multi-pronged approach to capacity building through programs that target growers, advisers and researchers

The GRDC currently funds and will continue to fund a number of well targeted capacity building activities such as sponsorship for conferences and similar activities, GRDC Advisor and Grower Updates - which are being held in Coonabarabran and Warren this week, Goondiwindi on March 3-4 and Talwood on March 5, the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation Program, Nuffield Australian Farming Scholarships and the National Youth Science Forum.

GRDC also directs significant investment into increasing the capacity of the R&D community both now and into the future. This is done through initiatives such as Grains Industry Research Scholarships (GRS) to encourage post graduate training and Grains Industry Undergraduate Honours Scholarships (UHS) to encourage training at undergraduate level.

Expanding the skill set of the region’s growers is a high priority for the GRDC and the Northern Panel is continually looking for opportunities to foster experience in R&D design and investment.

As part of this approach the GRDC will be coordinating a number of governance and leadership workshops and has asked regional organisations and State farming organisations (SFOs) to identify progressive growers seeking to expand their knowledge of and leadership skills in grains R&D development and delivery. 

With the northern grains region stretching from Dubbo in Central NSW to the top of Queensland, including some of the most diverse cropping environments in Australia, it is critical that GRDC-funded research is regionally focussed and delivers local solutions to growers.

Encouraging and supporting the wider RD&E and production sectors of our northern grains industry will help the Northern Region panel to set short, medium and long term strategies for the delivery of meaningful, responsive and effective research investment.


Caption: James Clark, GRDC Northern Panel Chair.

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