GRDC hits the road to meet with NSW growers

Author: | Date: 14 Aug 2019

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GRDC Northern Panel Chair John Minogue is invited NSW growers, farm advisers and grains industry stakeholders to share their concerns about challenges and opportunities for the grains industry as part of a GRDC listening tour. Photo GRDC.

Hearing the individual challenges facing grain growers in central western New South Wales will be the focus of a Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Northern Region Panel tour from September 3-6.

Led by grain grower and chair of the GRDC Northern Panel John Minogue, the 11-member advisory panel will tour through the region on a three-day fact-finding trip to engage with growers, grower groups, advisers, researchers and community members.

Mr Minogue said the Panel played a critical role collecting and then relaying information back to the GRDC about the challenges facing growers, along with feedback about on-the-ground research needs and priorities.

He said the GRDC Northern Panel visited different areas of NSW and Queensland cropping regions twice a year to liaise directly with industry.

September’s tour is scheduled to visit the cropping areas of Parkes, Jemalong, Condobolin, West Wyalong, Temora, Marrar, Greenthorpe, Gooloogong and Manildra.

“As a Panel it is important we create opportunities to engage directly with growers in a two-way conversation that helps us develop an in-depth understanding of the regional constraints to farm profitability and productivity,” Mr Minogue said.

“Understanding the concerns and challenges facing growers in different regions ensures we can fulfil our responsibilities of ensuring that levy investments deliver farm-ready solutions to production constraints, help reduce production costs and importantly increase farm profitability.

“The GRDC uses this information to help refine investments at regional and national levels, because at the end of the day we all share a common goal of creating enduring profitability for the grains industry.”

Mr Minogue said this tour would include visits to grower properties and grower groups, as well as visits to transport hubs and end user operations.

“We know how important transport is to grain growers so understanding how developments like the proposed inland rail will affect industry is pivotal,” he said.

“On this tour the Panel will also take advantage of opportunities to engage with stakeholders, like dairy operators Moxley Farms and MSM Milling in Manildra, because understanding the needs of our end users is critical in determining how we meet market requirements.”

Mr Minogue invited growers, advisers and industry representatives to join Panel members at any of the stop-overs (please RSVP for catering purposes to

September 3

  • Parkes, Railway Hotel – 6.30-8pm grower engagement drinks and canapes

September 4

  • Jemalong, Jemalong Irrigation Scheme – 9.30-11am morning tea with growers
  • Condobolin, Central West Farming Systems – midday-2pm trial site and grower engagement
  • Temora, Farmlink – 5pm grower dinner

September 5

  • Marrar, Daniel Fox’s property – 8.30-11am on-farm visit, machinery and cropping
  • Greenthorpe, Iandra Castle -1-4pm grower engagement lunch and CSIRO farming systems trial sites.

For more information about the itinerary contact or Gillian Meppem 0409 279 328.

On the tour will be GRDC Northern Panel members John Minogue (Panel Chair), Arthur Gearon (Deputy Chair), Roger Bolte, Roy Hamilton, Dr Tony Hamilton, Andrew McFadyen, Peter McKenzie, Graham Spackman, Bruce Watson, Dr Jo White and Nicole Jensen (Executive Manager Genetics and Enabling Technologies).

GRDC staff accompanying the tour will be Gillian Meppem (Senior Regional Manager North), Toni Somes (Communications Manager), Sarah Cumpston (Economic Analyst), Jeff Cumpston (Manager Data Analytics), GRDC Director Chris Blanchard and GRDC Western Panel Chairman Darrin Lee.

Contact Details


Toni Somes, GRDC
0436 622 645