RCSN groups hear feedback from western grain growers about RD&E priorities

Grass-roots ideas feed into grains RD&E plans to boost profits

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See highlights from recent RCSN open forums and other network activities in WA.

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A series of GRDC Regional Cropping Solutions Network (RCSN) Open Forum meetings have been rolling out across Western Australia's grainbelt during June - and are continuing into July.

These events aim to collect ideas and feedback about how the profitability of grain growers in localised areas can be enhanced through grains research, development and extension (RD&E).

We are celebrating the many WA growers and industry stakeholders who participate in the GRDC's RCSN network with a series of photos from the Open Forums, as well as other RCSN meetings and fact-finding tours in recent years.

During the 2019 RCSN Open Forums, a range of speakers have been lined-up to address topical issues in each of WA's five grain receival port zones and to provide an overview of existing GRDC RD&E investments.

Rolling-out Open Forums

This year, WA has 10 Open Forums, held at:

  • Yuna;
  • Perenjori;
  • Badgingarra;
  • Corrigin;
  • Beacon;
  • Muntadgin;
  • Kulin;
  • Kojonup;
  • Ravensthorpe; and
  • Grass Patch.

GRDC RCSN western region coordinator Julianne Hill encourages growers to register to come along to the remaining Open Forums scheduled for July to have direct input into where their levies are spent on grains RD&E.

"These events have been running for the past four years and are a good way for you to have your say about issues impacting on your farming business," she says.

"The meetings allow the GRDC and grain growers to communicate about the GRDC's current investments and potential future investments, in response to evolving farming issues."

Finding out about RCSN groups

GRDC has produced a video and podcast outlining how the western region RCSN groups work and their purpose in helping the organisation prioritise RD&E investments.

"The Open Forums are one of the ways that the GRDC consults with WA grain growers," Ms Hill says.

"Members of WA's five RCSNs provide the GRDC with information on issues that impact on profitability in their local areas, while the GRDC Western Region Panel helps to refine the GRDC's research, development and extension investment portfolio.

"RCSN and GRDC Western Region Panel members attend the GRDC Open Forums and they welcome the opportunity to talk to people attending."

In the past two years, a total of 29 Open Forums, attended by more than 800 people, have been held in regional locations of WA - bringing the total number of Open Forums held in the State to 46 since 2015.

Prioritising investments

GRDC grower relations manager - west, Jo Wheeler, says the Open Forums, along with the GRDC's RCSN initiative, mean the GRDC - at a regional and national level - can consider investments in high priority, locally relevant activities.

"The aim of any GRDC investment activities is to deliver levy payers the greatest benefits and to complement the GRDC RD&E Plan 2018-23," she says

GRDC managing director Steve Jefferies presents a video outlining the key elements of this plan.

GRDC Research Code HIL0002

More information:Julianne Hill, GRDC RCSN western coordinator 0447 261 607 regionalcroppingsolutions@gmail.com

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