Focus on farming systems

GRDC Western Regional Panel member and Toodyay farmer Dennis Gillespie has welcomed the introduction of a State Grower Crop Updates conference (23 February) into the 2001 program.

"Growers can now enjoy a state-wide perspective on grains issues at the new Perth venue, Burswood, or a more localised focus at the regional and district forums," he said.

Crop Updates 2001 Management Committee chair Nicole Kerr, of AGWEST, said the annual agribusiness conference (preceding the Crop Updates on 21 & 22 February), also at Burswood, would focus more on WA farming systems than the commodity focus it had in the past.

Regional Crop Updates events confirmed for 2001

6 MarchMoora Crop Updates
7 MarchMingenew-lrwin Crop Updates
8 MarchLeibe Group Crop Updates
9 MarchGeraldton Crop Updates
13 MarchMukinbudin Crop Updates
14 MarchHyden Crop Updates
15 MarchBrookton Crop Updates
20 MarchKatanning Crop Updates
21 MarchJerramungup Crop Updates
22 MarchRavensthorpe Crop Updates

An Update for Esperance is also planned for March 2001 (to be confirmed).

Contact: Ms Nicole Kerr 08 9956 8549

Southern region Farmer Updates in 2001

20 MarchLoxton, SA (Farmers)
21 MarchCooma, NSW (High rainfall — both advisers & farmers)
28 MarchCondobolin, NSW (Farmers)

For further information about these Updates, contact Ion Lamb on 08 8362 5417, fax 08 8363 1052, email