Passion for innovation applied to GRDC role
Author: Natalie Lee | Date: 16 Feb 2016
Roger States has a passion for developing viable solutions for growers.
Prior to taking up his role early in 2015 as the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Manager Regional Grower Services - West, he spent 20 years in the fields of crop protection and agronomy, based in Western Australia.
Having previously been responsible for product development and technical support with crop protection company Sipcam Pacific Australia, Mr States says he enjoys the process of innovation necessary to find improved methods and products for growers.
He believes it is crucially important that the research, development and extension (RD&E) projects the GRDC invests in are executed in a timely manner, and provide tangible results for growers.
“Part of my role within the GRDC’s Regional Grower Services team is to manage the GRDC’s investment in short-term, one-to-three year projects in WA,” Mr States said.
“It’s important that these projects can lead to profitable practice change by growers,” he said.
“The GRDC develops an extensive amount of industry information; however it’s never been more important to provide the data in a way that can be used by growers to make beneficial changes on their properties.”
For the past four years, a GRDC initiative called Regional Cropping Solutions Networks (RCSN) has provided essential linkages between WA growers, farming systems groups, agribusiness and researchers.
Mr States said the grass-roots RCSN initiative was playing an integral role in helping the GRDC deliver targeted, timely one-to-three year investment projects, and represented a significantly increased commitment to the funding of short-term projects addressing local issues.
He believes one of its key strengths is that it speeds up the delivery of projects, meaning the GRDC’s research and development efforts deliver results for growers sooner.
“The RCSN system has allowed us to develop, create and contract projects in a very short time frame,” Mr States said.
“There have been projects we’ve conducted this year, such as early sowing trials, that have progressed from inception of the idea to contracting and execution within a 10-day period, so it has truly opened up a whole new avenue for productivity.”
The RCSN is also a valuable conduit for gathering information from growers relating to regional priorities, and provides a useful foundation upon which longer-term GRDC projects are developed and funded.
“It’s a great feeling to be able to deliver results to growers based on their identified focus areas, in a way that we know will add value to their operations,” Mr States said.
A video interview with Mr States is available on the GRDC YouTube channel.
The GRDC plans and invests in RD&E for the Australian grains industry. Its primary objective is to drive the discovery, development and delivery of world-class innovation to enhance the productivity, profitability and sustainability of Australian grain growers and benefit the industry and the wider community.
For InterviewsRoger States, GRDC regional grower services
0427 565 780
Natalie Lee, Cox Inall Communications
08 9864 2034, 0427 189 827