Grains research on agenda at Emerald event
Author: Toni Somes | Date: 12 Jun 2018
The research needs and priorities of Central Queensland’s grain industry will take centre stage later this month when the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) hosts an inaugural Growers Breakfast Forum in Emerald.
The forum will be held on June 29 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.
Key speakers at the forum will be GRDC Board Chairman and Goondiwindi district grain grower John Woods, and GRDC Northern Panel Chairman John Minogue, who runs a consultancy business alongside his farming enterprise in southern New South Wales.
Mr Woods said the forum was an invaluable opportunity to connect with Central Queensland growers and share GRDC’s plans for the future, including research, development and extension (RD&E) strategies that deliver bottom line returns to farm businesses.
“GRDC’s charter is to invest in RD&E to create enduring profitability for Australian grains growers. So we need to understand the important drivers of farm profitability regionally and where investment can leverage the greatest impact,” Mr Woods said.
“To do this effectively we need a strong, engaged relationship with growers, which is why we place such importance on spending time in regional areas like Central Queensland to gauge what is needed at a grassroots level.
“From there it is our responsibility to ensure growers’ levy investments deliver paddock-ready solutions to production constraints, assist in reducing production costs and most importantly have a positive impact on their overall farm profitability.”
Mr Minogue said the Growers’ Breakfast Forum will be an opportunity for the GRDC to explain the specific research being undertaken at a national, state and regional level to benefit Central Queensland growers, agronomists and industry stakeholders.
He said current research work targeting northern production constraints included investigation into soils, nutrient availability, crop genetic advancement, water use efficiency and weeds that directly impact farming operations.
“One of the most important roles of the GRDC Northern Panel is to ensure we are listening closely to growers from across the region and having regular two-way conversations with them so we understand their research concerns and priorities,” Mr Minogue said.
“With the north being such a diverse geographic and production region, it is critical that GRDC investments across the RD&E spectrum reflect this and continue to deliver productivity and profitability returns to growers.
“So events like this present a unique opportunity to talk directly with growers about local investment priorities, current research investments and what’s on the agenda.”
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.
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 0472 832 502 or email NorthernEvents@grdc.com.au.
Toni Somes, Cox Inall Communications
0427 878 387
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