Communication focus for GRDC spring tours

Author: Natalie Lee | Date: 12 Aug 2013

GRDC western panellists

Talking with Western Australian grain growers about their production issues and research priorities will be the focus of the coming Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) western regional panel spring tours.

“The annual spring tours by the western panel are essential in helping to ensure that research is relevant to growers locally and that project outcomes are adopted on-farm,” GRDC western regional panel chairman Peter Roberts said.

“The GRDC is committed to ensuring its links with growers are direct and effective, so it is always available to hear feedback on how it invests its funds in research, development and extension (RD&E) to ultimately achieve productivity and profit gains for growers,” he said.

“The western panel plays a vital role in being an on-the-ground contact with growers and industry stakeholders, and panellists use the spring tours to hear about grower production issues and answer any questions about the GRDC and its investments.

“Issues raised during the spring tours are included in the GRDC’s investment priority process along with priorities raised by other sources including the recently developed Regional Cropping Solutions Networks in WA, consultants, agronomists and research organisations.”

The first of this year’s three western regional panel tours will take place in the Geraldton port zone from August 14 to 16, when western panellists and other GRDC representatives will visit Chapman Valley, Balla, Geraldton, Mullewa, Three Springs and Perenjori.

Growers seeking information about the tour of the Geraldton port zone are encouraged to contact panellist Paul Kelly on 0427 275 022 or

The GRDC western panel’s tour of central and Great Southern cropping districts will take place from September 2, and its tour of southern cropping areas from September 16. More details about these two tours will be available in coming weeks.

Contact Details


Natalie Lee, Cox Inall Communications
08 9864 2034, 0427 189 827

Region West