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Premier forums focus on boosting grain growing profits in the north

GRDC Grower Relations Manager - North, Richard Holzknecht, says GRDC Grains Research Updates in the northern region in February and March will feature topics selected by local planning committees and include regionally-relevant, rigorously tested research outcomes that are 'farm-ready' and have potential to boost growers' 'bottom lines'.
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Time to get registered for February's GRDC Grains Research Updates across the north.

With the northern grains industry facing new challenges to farm profitability each year, growers are urged to stay up-to-date with latest research and development outcomes by attending the 2020 GRDC Grains Research Updates.

A two-day Update will be held in Dubbo on February 25 and 26 and offers vital information about issues impacting growers - ranging from crop agronomy, nutrition management and weed control, through to drought, frost and soil constraints.

Fostering talent

A new initiative on offer at the Dubbo Grains Research Updates event this year will be a free session for graduate and early career agronomists.

The GRDC Emerging Agronomists Network session is designed to help agronomists develop their 'soft skills' in areas such as:

  • negotiation;
  • communication with difficult clients; and
  • conflict management.

At these sessions, experienced agronomists will be invited to share their experiences and 'what they wished they'd known' starting out.

Kicking off at 5.10pm on day one in the Dubbo RSL Cocktail Bar, the event is open to all.

Participants do not need to be attending the Update to join in, but do need to RSVP for catering.

Access to experts

GRDC Grower Relations Manager - North, Richard Holzknecht, says all the Update events are premier forums on the northern grains industry calendar and bring together some of Australia's leading grains research scientists, agronomists, consultants and growers.

"These events offer industry the latest information from GRDC investments into research on behalf of growers," he says.

"Topics are selected by local planning committees and include regionally relevant, rigorously-tested research that is farm-ready and has the potential to bolster growers' bottom lines.

"Communicating outcomes from research, along with innovative developments in technology and updates on topical issues like climate variability, is a critical part of GRDC's role and responsibility to growers, advisers and industry stakeholders."

These events offer industry the latest information from GRDC investments into research on behalf of growers. - GRDC Grower Relations Manager - North, Richard Holzknecht


The GRDC Grains Research Updates will be held across New South Wales and near the Queensland border at:

  • Wagga Wagga - February 18 and 19 at Joyes Hall, Charles Sturt University
  • Corowa - February 20 at Corowa RSL Club
  • Dubbo - February 25 and 26 at Dubbo RSL
  • Nyngan - February 27 at Nyngan RSL and Civic Club
  • Goondiwindi - March 3 and 4 at the Goondiwindi Community Centre
  • Mungindi - March 5 at the Mungindi Hall
  • Barellan - March 10 at Barellan and District War Memorial Club
  • Lake Cargelligo - March 11 at Lake Cargelligo Bowling Club
  • Gulargambone - March 12 at 28 Bourbah Street
  • Bellata - March 13 at Bellata War Memorial Hall.

GRDC Research Code ICN1906-003SAX

More information: Each GRDC Grains Research Updates event has a regionally tailored program that has been developed to reflect each area's needs and issues. For a full program for each Update or to register go to the GRDC website.

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