Panel heads to central grainbelt to talk with growers
Author: Natalie Lee | Date: 23 Aug 2013
Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) panellists and staff will meet growers on-farm during the GRDC western regional panel’s spring tour of Western Australia’s central and Upper Great Southern cropping districts.
The tour, from Monday, September 2 to Friday, September 6, will provide the western panel with important information about growers’ local production issues and priorities for research, development and extension (RD&E).
It is one of three separate spring tours by the western panel in 2013, in order to maximise geographical coverage and stakeholder contact.
A tour of the Geraldton port zone was held from August 14 to 16, and a tour of southern cropping districts will be held from September 16 to 20.
“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.
“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.”
The GRDC western panel tour of central and Great Southern cropping areas will take in districts including Highbury, Dumbleyung, Tincurrin, Corrigin, Quairading, Cunderdin, Wyalkatchem, Koorda and Beacon.
As well as speaking with growers and grower groups, GRDC western panellists will inspect trial sites and attend the WA No Tillage Farmers Association (WANTFA) field day on September 4.
Growers seeking information about the tour can contact GRDC western panellist Shauna Stone on 0429 455 218.
Caption: GRDC western panellists and other GRDC personnel appreciate the opportunity to talk with growers and other industry stakeholders during the western regional panel’s annual spring tours.
Natalie Lee, Cox Inall Communications
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