Unique opportunity to help shape grains research priorities
Author: Sharon Watt | Date: 03 Sep 2018
Grain growers, researchers and farm advisers in Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania are being encouraged to put up their hands and help shape future grains research, development and extension.
The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) is seeking applications from growers and industry personnel interested in becoming members of its Southern Regional Cropping Solutions Network (RCSN).
Several RCSN member vacancies have arisen for the next two-year term which commences in November this year.
GRDC Grower Relations Manager – South, Darren Arney, says the purpose of the Southern RCSN is to identify priority grains industry issues to assist the GRDC in the development, delivery and strategic review of targeted research, development and extension (RD&E) to create enduring profitability for Australian growers.
“The objective of the RCSN, which was established six years ago, is to provide a transparent process that ensures all priority grains industry issues are captured and addressed through targeted investments that deliver the greatest benefit to growers,” Mr Arney says.
“RCSN members are geographically spread across the southern region and have diverse backgrounds, experience and skill sets – bringing enormous value to the GRDC in understanding the important issues for growers and developing the most effective RD&E responses.”
Each of the three RCSN zones – low, medium and high rainfall – has 13 members who are growers, advisers, researchers and agribusiness professionals. Members liaise closely with, and represent, the wider grains community in their respective zone and provide a two-way conduit for information flow between growers/industry and the GRDC and its RD&E partners.
Mr Arney says being an RCSN member is not an onerous responsibility (four face-to-face meeting days per year, as well as participation in GRDC Local Forums) but members derive great satisfaction from their contribution to GRDC’s issues identification and investment process.
The main roles and responsibilities of RSCN members include:
- Liaison with a wide network of stakeholders in their respective regional production zones;
- Identifying topical seasonal and emerging issues in their local area and potential appropriate responses from GRDC, including communication or extension activities;
- Identifying and prioritising issues, including constraints and opportunities, to inform investments targeting the long-term profitability of grain growing in the relevant rainfall zone;
- Liaison with growers and industry partners to identify ‘ideas’ to ensure that priority issues for the region are effectively addressed;
- Strategic review of selected GRDC investments that address the priority issues for their relevant production zone and identify any future RD&E needs.
Expressions of interest for new members of the RCSN close on October 1 this year. More information about the RCSN initiative and how to apply to become a member is available at https://bit.ly/2Ntaaqn.
Darren Arney, GRDC
Phone 0447 877 178
Sharon Watt, GRDC
Phone 0409 675 100
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