Southern New South Wales grain growers, farm advisers and researchers, who are keen to understand and shape the research needs and priorities of industry are encouraged to apply for positions on the Regional Cropping Solutions Network (RCSN).
Planning, investing in and overseeing research and development, and delivering improvements in production, sustainability and profitability across the Australian grains industry are key responsibilities of the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC).
RCSN members prioritise research ideas, give feedback to GRDC staff and the Northern Region Panel members and provide guidance when projects are developed.
The RCSN structure has been developed to further ensure grower levies target major production constraints and opportunities. Expressions of interest are currently open for new members in southern NSW.
Southern NSW RCSN co-ordinator Chris Minehan said members played a vital role identifying, prioritising and providing guidance as GRDC projects were developed for locally focused research, development and extension (RD&E).
"RCSN members prioritise research ideas, give feedback to GRDC staff and the Northern Region Panel members and provide guidance when projects are developed," Mr Minehan said.
"This is a great opportunity for passionate and committed applicants to be involved and play a critical role in ensuring GRDC are aware of and understand the important issues for growers when developing effective RD&E."
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Mr Minehan said the RCSN group meets face-to-face for two days, twice a year in February and August. Local forums are also held strategically throughout the year to capture relevant issues, which are discussed and prioritised by RCSN members. From these meetings, issues impacting the profitability of growers in southern NSW are provided to the GRDC.
"It is imperative each member has good links within their community, are able to think strategically, discuss and deliberate over issues raised within meetings and commit to attending 2-day meetings, plus local forums," he said.
GRDC Grower Relations Manager - North, Richard Holzknecht, said the purpose of the southern NSW RCSN was to identify priority grains industry issues to assist the GRDC in the development, delivery and strategic review of targeted RD&E to create enduring profitability for Australian growers.
"The objective of the RCSN is to provide a transparent process that ensures all priority grains industry issues are captured and addressed through targeted investments that deliver the greatest benefit to growers," Mr Holzknecht said.
"Members need to be geographically spread across southern NSW and have diverse backgrounds, experience and skill sets, which in turn brings significant value to the GRDC in understanding the issues for growers and developing effective responses."
New members of the southern NSW RCSN will be appointed from July 2019 until June 2021.
For more information about the southern NSW RCSN or to express interest contact Chris Minehan on 0427 213660 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications close June 23.
GRDC Project Code: RMS1706-001SAX