Growers invited to have say on critical industry issues

Author: | Date: 14 Jun 2018

An image of people sitting at tables at an RCSN open forum.
WA growers are encouraged to attend their local GRDC Open Forum. Photo: GRDC

Western Australian grain growers are encouraged to help identify issues critical to the grains industry in their local area at a series of Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Open Forums starting in July.

GRDC Regional Cropping Solutions Network (RCSN) coordinator Julianne Hill said the GRDC Open Forums added to the ways in which the GRDC consulted with WA growers.

"The Open Forums further increase consultation with growers, test the GRDC's issues identification process and help identify local activities and research required in each port zone,” she said.

Ms Hill said members of WA's five RCSNs provided GRDC with information on issues that were impacting on profitability in their local areas and identified ways to address these issues, while the GRDC Western Regional Panel helped to develop and prioritise the GRDC's research, development and extension investment portfolio at a local, regional and national level.

Jo Wheeler, GRDC grower relations manager – West, urges growers to attend their nearest Open Forum and have a say into how their levies are invested.

“Growers attending the GRDC Open Forums can express their ideas, hear where GRDC investment is occurring, talk with researchers leading local RCSN projects and speak with GRDC Western Regional Panel members and RCSN representatives,” Ms Wheeler said.

“Topical issues will also be discussed at each venue.”

The first series of Open Forums will be held in the Albany port zone, kicking off at the Cranbrook Sporting Club on the July 16 from 2-6pm, the Jerramungup CRC meeting room on July 17 from 8-11am and Kukerin Hotel on July 17 from 2-6pm.  There will be 15 Open Forums in total covering all of the port zones in WA.

Among the speakers at these three meetings will be Rowan Maddern, GRDC manager agronomy, soils and farming systems – west, and Western Regional Panel chairman Peter Roberts, who will discuss the GRDC’s investment into soils and nutrition in WA and provide a general update from the GRDC.

Ever wondered why some growers seem to get a crop out of the ground when others aren’t having the same luck? Come and hear about what these growers do differently when Kelly Cussons (Cussons Media) talks about the different seeding systems that growers are using.

Phil Barrett-Lennard from AgVivo will also be there to talk about the synergies between crop and livestock enterprises. Ms Hill said a free cooked breakfast, barbecue lunch or dinner would be provided for those who registered and attended the events.

For more information about the meetings and to register, visit or contact Ms Hill on 0447 261 607 or

2018 RCSN open forums in WA include:

GRDC Project code: HIL0002