Industry opportunities spotlighted at GRDC Update

Author: Sarah Jeffrey | Date: 01 Jun 2016

Wellcamp Airport’s communications and business development manager Sara Hales will be a keynote speaker at next month’s GRDC Grains Research Update in Toowoomba.

PHOTO: Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport.

The Wagner family’s massive vote of confidence in the southern Queensland and northern New South Wales agricultural industries will be showcased next month during the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Grains Research Update in Toowoomba.

The Update will be held at the family’s Wellcamp Airport on Tuesday June 21 from 8:30am to 3:30pm and comes on the back of last November’s historic inaugural international cargo flight which saw chilled beef, grains and horticultural produce from regional Queensland flown direct to Hong Kong.

Hailed as a resounding success, the flight opened the door for direct-access export opportunities to Asia and offered an indication of the potential industry returns generated by investment in supply chain infrastructure.

The strategic role played by the $200-million-dollar project in driving future agricultural export opportunities will be the focus of a keynote presentation to the GRDC Update by Wellcamp Airport’s communications and business development manager Sara Hales.

Ms Hales’ presentation will set the scene for the day’s program which is firmly focused on the potential industry benefits of advancements in logistics, machinery and information technology, well planned agronomic management practices in mungbeans and chickpeas, optimising sorghum genetics and management, weed seed management and soil nitrogen research.

Update coordinator John Cameron urged growers and industry representatives to invest a day of their time to attend and keep abreast of the latest industry news, supply chain opportunities, agronomic advice and research data.

“Enormous scope exists for growers to increase both production and profitability by tweaking their existing practices,” Mr Cameron said.

“Taking even one practice change home from the Update - whether that’s a revised approach to disease management, a rethink of time of sowing or row spacing configurations or new ideas on fertiliser application - can have a substantial impact on a business’ bottom line.

“The Update offers growers a fantastic opportunity to liaise with leading industry specialists on practical and paddock-ready recommendations which can help combat some of their costly production issues.”

The speaker line-up includes Peter Birch from B&W Rural/Satamap; Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) identities Kerry McKenzie, Hugh Brier, Liz Williams, Lisa Kelly and Michael Widderick; University of Southern Queensland senior pathologist Sue Thompson; Mike Bell, David Jordan and Daniel Rodriguez from Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI); New South Wales Department of Primary Industries’ senior plant pathologist Kevin Moore as well as Darling Downs growers Dave Peters and Dale Jeude.

For more information, an agenda or to register for the Toowoomba Update visit the GRDC website here or contact ICAN on 02 9482 4930 or e-mail.

As the venue for the Update is an airport, participants are advised to allow sufficient time to clear airport security screening. It’s requested that participants arrive no later than 8:30am to enable a 9:00am sharp start. Sharp objects should be left in cars and participants will be issued with parking validation tickets to cover car parking.

Contact Details

For Interviews

John Cameron, ICAN Rural
02 9482 4930


Sarah Jeffrey, Senior Consultant Cox Inall Communications
0418 152 859

GRDC Project Code ICN00021

Region North