Looking for grains leaders in southern NSW

Author: | Date: 28 May 2018

Grain growers, researchers and advisors interested in helping the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) identify and prioritise constraints and opportunities for farm profitability are encouraged to apply to join the Southern NSW Regional Cropping Solutions Network (RCSN).

The GRDC RCSNs have been designed to provide essential on-ground linkages between growers, farming systems groups, agribusiness and researchers to help ensure grains’ research, development and extension (RD&E) has the greatest chance of delivering profitability gains at farm level.

RCSN Coordinator – Southern NSW Chris Minehan said the RCSNs role was to identify and prioritise the constraints and opportunities and RD&E needs to tackle the priority issues affecting the profitability of grain growers across the region.

“The RCSN panel in Southern NSW will assist in prioritising issues, constraints and opportunities identified through a series of open forum meetings held throughout the year across the region,” he said.

“These meetings provide an opportunity for all grains industry stakeholders to bring forward issues, constraints and opportunities relevant to the profitability and sustainability of the grains industry. Attendees will also have an opportunity to find out directly, the way in which priority issues are being addressed by GRDC.”

The RCSN Southern NSW has 12 members which comprise grain growers, advisers/consultants and researchers.

“Whilst the knowledge, networks and skills of members is the primary consideration, it is also desirable to have members with associated networks from a range of geographical locations and rainfall zones,” Mr Minehan said.

“New members of the Southern NSW RCSN will be appointed from July 2018 until June 2020, with opportunities for new members to join the RCSNs arising at the end of each two-year term.

“At the end of each full term, as with the GRDC Regional Panels, at least one third of the membership of each network will be changed and new or ongoing appointments will be made for a two-year term.”

GRDC Grower Relations Manager Richard Holzknecht said the composition and leadership of the RCSNs for the coming term would help ensure constraints and opportunities to the profitability of grains in  southern NSW are promptly identified, captured and effectively addressed by the GRDC.

“The diversity of knowledge, skills, experience and broad geographical representation of members appointed to the RCSNs will be an enormous asset to the GRDC,” Mr Holzknecht said.

“The RCSNs provide a transparent process to ensure all priority grains industry issues are captured and assist the GRDC in the development of targeted investments delivering the knowledge, tools or technology required by growers to facilitate on-farm practice change.”

The RCSNs meet face-to-face for two days, twice a year (i.e. four days per annum). The next southern NSW RCSN meeting will be held in August, with attendance a requirement of accepting a position.

Applications for the EOI close on 23 June, 2018.

Further details about becoming a member of the RCSN and the EOI document can be found on the GRDC website.

Contact Details

For Interviews

Chris Minehan, RCSN Coordinator – Southern NSW
0427 213 660


Ellen McNamara, Cox Inall Communications
0429 897 129