Chance to help shape local grains research
Author: Natalie Lee | Date: 31 Aug 2015
Do you want to boost the profitability of grain production in your region and have a say in local research funded by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC)?
Then you are encouraged to apply to become a member of your local GRDC Regional Cropping Solutions Network (RCSN) in WA.
RCSNs comprise growers and other industry people and identify local issues critical to ensuring the prosperity of the grains industry in their area, and initiate local one-to-three year projects.
GRDC regional grower services manager Roger States said an important aim of WA’s five RCSNs – based in the port zones – was to reduce the time taken for new varieties, practices and technologies to be adopted.
“Feedback is also provided to the GRDC western regional panel, which helps to develop and prioritise the GRDC’s research, development and extension (RD&E) portfolio,” he said.
Mr States said the GRDC was seeking expressions of interest for 12 positions on each of WA’s five RCSNs, and he encouraged both existing and potential new members to apply.
“Applications will be assessed according to skills and experience, and geographical spread,” he said.
Mr States said the success of the RCSNs in recent years had prompted the GRDC to significantly increase its commitment to them, including through significantly higher funding for short-term RCSN research projects.
“RCSNs have helped to maximise the value of GRDC-funded research by extending it locally, and have improved on-farm adoption of new research outcomes,” he said.
Each RCSN meets face-to-face at least twice a year and communicates by email between meetings when necessary.
The WA RCSN zones are Geraldton, Kwinana West, Kwinana East, Albany and Esperance, with all being supported by RCSN coordinator Julianne Hill.
Roger States, GRDC grower services manager
0427 565 780
Julianne Hill, GRDC RCSN coordinator
08 9726 1307, 0447 261 607
Natalie Lee, Cox Inall Communications
08 9864 2034, 0427 189 827