GRDC calls for skills diversity in new northern panel

Author: James Clark | Date: 28 May 2015

Image of James Clark, GRDC northern panel chair

By James Clark, GRDC northern panel chair

A diverse skills base is a critical driver of the effectiveness of the Grains Research and Development Corporation’s (GRDC) northern panel.

With applications currently being sought for positions on the northern panel, an opportunity exists for representatives from all sectors of the northern grains industry to influence the current and future direction of regional and national grains research, development and extension (RD&E).

The input of panellists is invaluable - they provide grassroots feedback on industry needs and funding priorities and essentially, act as a conduit between growers, advisors, researchers and GRDC management.

Following a recent revision of the GRDC northern region boundary, applications for the northern panel will now be drawn from across Queensland and all production areas of New South Wales.

The northern region represents the most diverse production region in Australia, characterised by relatively high seasonal rainfall and production variability, high inherent soil fertility and the production of a broad range of winter and summer crops.

Given the region’s diversity, it is critical that the new panel reflects the north’s diverse production environments to ensure that the GRDC investments across the RD&E spectrum continue to deliver productivity and profitability returns to growers.

Being part of the new northern panel offers growers and industry personnel an unparalleled opportunity to have a say in the future of northern grains R&D and I urge those with a passion for the industry to apply.

Not only is it rewarding, it offers panellists a unique insight to the exciting and extensive research work that is being undertaken in the north.

Applications for the northern panel are open until June 9, 2015 and successful candidates will be appointed for an initial period of two years.

More information about the GRDC regional panel application process is available here or by emailing


Caption: GRDC northern panel chair James Clark says being part of the new northern panel offers growers and industry personnel an opportunity to influence the future direction of grains research, development and extension.

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