Research focus at growers’ breakfast in Emerald

Author: | Date: 21 May 2018

Farm-ready and future research that will boost profits for Central Queensland grain growers will be the focus of an inaugural Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Growers’ Breakfast Forum in Emerald in June.

The breakfast forum will be held during the AgGrow Field Days, which is one of Queensland’s largest agricultural events attracting more than 28,000 people from Emerald, north to Clermont/Moranbah, south to the Dawson Valley and east to Rockhampton.

GRDC Grower Relations Manager Richard Holzknecht said the breakfast forum in Emerald would offer growers vital information about what GRDC research investments are happening at a national, state and Central Queensland level that will help improve their farm profitability.

As one of the world’s leading grain research organisations, the GRDC will use the forum to offer growers’ insights into what research is underway and what is planned nationally, at state level and regionally to deliver improvements in production, sustainability and profitability in Central Queensland.

GRDC Grower Relations Manager North Richard Holzknecht said the organisation was responsible for planning, investing in and overseeing research, development and extension to benefit the Australian grains industry.

“The GRDC in collaboration with research partners have and are continuing to invest in projects which aim to equip growers with the technologies and practices required to keep their businesses profitable,” Mr Holzknecht said.

“This forum will offer growers vital information about how their levies are being spent as part of GRDC research investments at a national, state and Central Queensland level to help improve their farm profitability.”

He said the research included work into soils, nutrient availability, crop genetic advancement, water use efficiency and weeds that directly impact farming operations and were among the most challenging issues for northern cropping productivity and profitability.

“To be effective in both planning and delivering on research and development, the GRDC needs to have regular two-conversations with growers so we understand their concerns and their priorities, which is another key reason we have organised this breakfast in Emerald,” Mr Holzknecht said.

Growers, agronomists and industry stakeholders are invited to the GRDC Growers Breakfast Forum, which will be held on June 29 from 7.30am at the McIndoe Function Centre in Emerald. More details about speakers will be released closer to the event.

What: GRDC Growers’ Breakfast Forum

When: 7.30am-9am, Friday June 29

Where: McIndoe Function Centre, Emerald

For more information or to reserve a seat contact Linda McDougall at the GRDC Northern Office in Toowoomba on email address NorthernEvents@grdc.com.au.