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GRDC managing direct John Harvey (left) in discussion with Melbourne ABC radio presenter Jon Faine at the Australian Grains Industry Conference in Melbourne in July (see reports pages 10-12). The pair enjoyed a robust exchange during the session 'Conversation with a CEO', which also featured Rob Gordon, Viterra's President for South-East Asia. John Harvey used the session to explain the workings of the GRDC, particularly the role of the regional panels and moves to regionalise research to improve grower uptake of new technology. GRDC ACTIVITY RESTRUCTURE EXTENDS RESEARCH REACH requirements, improved yields, crop protection, profitability, resources, regional services and capacity building. With regards to the latter it is imperative that we take action to encourage the best and brightest from our schools and universities into agriculture because a whole generation of experienced agronomists and other agricultural professionals is moving towards retirement age. To ensure the outcomes from these broad research themes are appropriately focused onto specific regional challenges and opportunities -- onto innovations that make a significant difference -- the GRDC will be consulting much more with growers and industry. Over coming months I will be meeting with growers across the country to discuss these themes and investment strategies and how they can be converted into better performing farm businesses. The emphasis will be on identifying key areas of importance and directing research accordingly. Our decision-making processes are being streamlined, which will speed up the time it takes to get a research project on the ground. From 1 July our new regional panels formally began work. The regional panels play a crucial role in identifying regional RD&E priorities that will meet growers' needs and priorities. The GRDC is also strengthening international researcher alliances to give Australian growers access to advanced technologies and crop improvements being developed overseas. For example, we recently arranged with the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in India to provide both germplasm and breeding tools for Australia's pulse and sorghum breeding programs. Our goal -- through sharpening our research focus, strategic research alliances, and dialogue with growers -- is to make the industry's research levies that growers pay each year the best investment they make. □ GRDC news and views SEPTEMBER -- OCTOBER 2011 GROUND COVER 2 EDITORIAL OPINION By John Harvey Managing director, Grains Research and Development Corporation n As harvest approaches, growers are gearing up to take advantage of what have generally been good seasonal conditions for this winter growing season. The economic potential arising from the generally positive crop outlook is further boosted by strong demand from world export markets. It is at times like this, when national and international conditions look bright, that we need to be sure that local production issues are not hindering growers in any particular region from taking full advantage of the situation. The GRDC is currently developing its Strategic Research and Development Plan 2012--2017 and will be mindful in aligning regional needs with national research, development and extension (RD&E) programs. This involves engaging more with private sector research and in particular, identifying and accessing overseas technologies that can be adapted to strengthen Australian local production systems. To optimise growers' investment return on their levies, these areas of focus in grains research management are now supported by seven core themes, covering market Ground Cover is brought to you by growers and the Australian Government through the publisher, the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC). 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Readers who act on information from Ground Cover do so at their own risk. The Corporation and contributors to Ground Cover may identify products by proprietary or trade names to help readers identify particular types of products. We do not endorse or recommend the products of any manufacturer referred to. Other products may perform as well as or better than those specifically referred to. Copyright: © All material published in Ground Cover is copyright protected and may not be reproduced in any form without written permission from the GRDC. The GRDC highly values capacity building in the grains industry and as a result supports various initiatives such as the GRDC Travel and Training Awards. These initiatives are aimed at helping people and organisations to develop skills and capacity required to achieve the objectives of the grains industry and the GRDC. A summary table detailing each of the closing dates for Travel Awards and Training Scholarships, as well as Conference Support is detailed below: Grains Industry Undergraduate Honours Scholarships (UHS) are available to students of excellence proceeding to undergraduate honours study in a field relevant to the future of the Australian grains industry. Contact: Merrilyn Baulman Wednesday 26 October 2011 Grains Industry Research Scholarships (GRS) are available to students of excellence proceeding to postgraduate study in a field relevant to the future of the Australian grains industry. Contact: Merrilyn Baulman Wednesday 26 October 2011 Grains Industry Indigenous Training Awards (ITA) are specifically targeted at individuals to undertake work placements, tertiary study, and other forms of training approved by the GRDC. The aim is to develop new skills, build relationships and provide capacity in Indigenous grains research, development and extension, and acquire new information that will contribute to building a sustainable and profitable grains industry. Contact: Merrilyn Baulman Wednesday 26 October 2011 Agricultural Training Awards (ATA) are a one-year scholarship available to students undertaking full-time study at a recognised vocational education and training provider institution. Contact: Merrilyn Baulman Wednesday 26 October 2011 Travel Awards are available to individuals or groups within the Australian grains industry wishing to attend a conference or undertake travel that aligns with the GRDC's corporate objectives and demonstrates benefit to the Australian grains industry. Applicants should highlight both the professional development benefit and the mechanism for dissemination of knowledge to industry. Any Australian grain growers or groups working directly with growers, who wish to obtain support for a study tour or any other form of travel or training, must submit a GRDC Industry Development Award (IDA) Application. Contact: Merrilyn Baulman Round 1: Wednesday 26 October 2011 Round 2: Wednesday 4 April 2012 Industry Development Awards (IDA) are specifically targeted at Australian grain growers or groups working directly with growers for study tours, travel or other forms of training approved by the GRDC. The aim is to develop new skills, build relationships and acquire new information that will contribute to building a sustainable and profitable grains industry. Contact: Tom McCue Round 1: Wednesday 26 October 2011 Round 2: Wednesday 4 April 2012 Conference Sponsorship provides sponsorship assistance to organisations wishing to conduct a conference, workshop, seminar or field day that directly benefits the Australian grains industry. The aim is to develop the skills and capacity required to achieve the objectives of the Australian grains industry and the GRDC. GRDC places a high priority on the dissemination and communication of knowledge gained from the experience offered by conference sponsorship. Contact: Kylie Paulsen Round 1: Wednesday 26 October 2011 Round 2: Wednesday 4 April 2012 GRDC TRAINING SCHOLARSHIPS, TRAVEL AWARDS AND CONFERENCE SUPPORT GRDC reports to grower body The GRDC has addressed issues of importance to growers around the country in its regular six-monthly meeting with Grain Producers Australia (GPA), the official grower representative organisation to which it reports and other state and national farming organisations. In response to questions brought by GPA and state and national farming organisations, the GRDC outlined work it was doing through its IPSOS Grower Survey to better understand and establish baselines and measures of farming intentions and changing practices. GRDC projects on mice control issues were discussed and information provided about the long-term funding arrangements for Wheat Quality Australia. The GPA also confirmed that the levy rate for 2011-12 would be maintained. Other issues discussed at the meeting included: n action to provide growers with information to enable them to comply with an EU renewable energy directive requiring canola producers to certify environmental impact and energy use reductions; n the role of Research Advisory Committees, particularly in northern Australia, and how they will interact with new structures under the National Grains RD&E Strategy; and n accountability arrangements between the GRDC and GPA. The GRDC, represented by its board and senior management, also reported on its financial performance and performance against its corporate strategy, as well as outlining progress on key issues such as the implementation of the National Grains RD&E Strategy. GRDC chairman Keith Perrett said he was pleased to be able to directly address issues raised by stakeholders, which had been provided by GPA in advance to ensure informed and detailed discussion. "The GRDC was very pleased with the constructive approach from all the participants and look forward to future meetings being as effective," he said. "In the meantime, the GRDC will continue to consult with both GPA and other grower organisations to make sure we receive grower input into setting our priorities." -- Melissa Marino More information: John Harvey, GRDC, 02 6166 4500 Level 1, Tourism House, 40 Blackall Street, Barton ACT 2600 | PO Box 5367, Kingston ACT 2604 t +61 2 6166 4500 | f +61 2 6166 4599 | e firstname.lastname@example.org | w www.grdc.com.au Eligibility, selection criteria and application forms can be found on the GRDC website www.grdc.com.au (select 'APPLYING/REPORTING' tab) Applications must be submitted by COB 5.00pm on the closing dates listed below. IT IS AT TIMES LIKE THIS, WHEN NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL CONDITIONS LOOK BRIGHT, THAT WE NEED TO BE SURE THAT LOCAL PRODUCTION ISSUES ARE NOT HINDERING GROWERS IN ANY PARTICULAR REGION FROM TAKING FULL ADVANTAGE OF THE SITUATION.
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