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GRDC news and views GROUND COVER JUNE/JULY 2005 2 Editorial opinion By PETER READING Managing Director, Grains Research and Development Corporation demonstrated at Grains Week 2005 in Brisbane where over two days a diversity of high-quality presentations exemplified the breadth of activity that comprises our modern, forward-looking industry. Industry leaders reported not only on the conventional areas of research and marketing activity, but also on the enormous body of work now being done in shaping future markets, and end uses -- domestically and globally. It was the forum you would expect from a mature and confident industry, and fittingly it was the forum at which the industry had a chance to assess how far it has travelled in the 12 months since it launched the 'Single Vision Strategic Plan'. Much has been achieved -- solid, valuable market research, taskforces to investigate specific industry components, and the establishment of a Grains Business Forum Coming together as a winning team Ground Cover is brought to you by growers and the Federal Government through the publisher, the Grains Research and Development Corporation. GRDC: 02 6272 5525; fax 02 6271 6430 Write to: The Editor -- Ground Cover PO Box 5367, Kingston ACT 2064 Executive Editor: Ms Maureen Cribb, Publications Manager, GRDC, 02 6272 5525 Managing Editor: Brad Collis, Coretext Pty Ltd. 03 9670 1168; fax 03 9670 1127 Design and production: Coretext, www.coretext.com.au Advertising sales: Max Hyde, Hyde Media Pty Ltd. 03 9870 4161; fax 03 9870 4163, firstname.lastname@example.org Printing: Capital Fine Print, Canberra Circulation: Ms Maureen Cribb, 02 6272 5525 ISSN 1039-6217 Registered by Australia Post Publication No. NAD 3994 Key to symbols Plant Breeders' Rights AThis symbol denotes that the variety is protected by Plant Breeders' Rights (PBR). Harvest Radio Where this symbol appears, readers can listen to an online audio presentation by: n going to www.grdc.com.au/radio/main.htm; and scrolling to the relevant link. Grains Research Updates Where this symbol appears, growers and advisers can catch up on the latest Grains Research Update information by: n going to www.grdc.com.au; n clicking on 'For Growers'; n clicking on 'Research Updates'; and nselecting your region (North, South, West, High Rainfall, Irrigation). For more information Where this symbol appears, readers can access additional information or contact the people named. n At a time when our grains industry and community is wrestling with significant structural changes, it is important that, where possible, industry comes together on common issues. In turning challenges into opportunities, everyone has a role to play, everyone has something valuable to offer. So while it is a time to implement our various visions, it is also a time to practise collaboration and to consider industry-wide perspectives. The industry's capacity to do this was taskforce, to look at infrastructure issues and to allow the major industry organisations and corporations to meet on a regular basis. On the production side of the industry, the grains production and value chain forum was established. These forums showed that growers see the need to be producing what markets are demanding, rather than trying to create markets to buy what they might happen to be growing. More options, reduced costs, and a 'fair go' were all aspirations raised by growers, reflecting a keen understanding of the role of research and also of the need to have more cooperation across the value chain. Bringing all this together needs a dedicated, pan-industry body, and it was to this end that the Grains Council of Australia approached the GRDC and asked it to establish an interim board that can act as a catalyst for further progress on the Single Vision. The GRDC has agreed to this request to set up a board comprising commercial and R&D expertise, specialists in grain marketing, handling and food manufacturing, and also a leading independent grower. This board will be given two years in which to keep the Single Vision strategy moving forward; working on key issues identified by the taskforces set up for R&D, infrastructure and transport, communications, biotechnology and new end-uses, and environmental and economic sustainability. Ultimately the goal is to create support for a pan-industry body to implement Single Vision strategies. At the end of the day it will be a whole-of- industry decision -- a choice between creating a 'Team Australia' approach to our industry's place in the world, or the status quo. Disclaimer: This publication has been prepared in good faith by the Grains Research and Development Corporation on the basis of the information available to us at the date of publication, without any independent verification. Neither the Corporation and its editors nor any contributor to this publication represent that the contents of this publication are accurate or complete; nor do we accept any responsibility for any errors or omissions in the contents, however they may arise. 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. GRDC ACTIVITY A BETTER INDUSTRY Course helps growers represent communities Central NSW farmer Michele Simpson has recently embarked on an Australian Institute of Company Directors' course aimed at helping growers to better represent their communi- ties in industry, research and natural resource management bodies. Michele's participation in the company directors' course is being supported with GRDC funding. Michele and husband Ross farm a mix of dryland crops such as cereal, feed grains and canola and produce prime lambs, wool, cattle and farm forestry north of Wellington in central NSW. Michele is particularly interested in natural resource management because of dryland salinity issues in the Macquarie region. This has led to a strong interest in biodiversity, sustainable cropping and socio-economic benchmarking and an advanced diploma in land management. Michele's ambition is to help achieve a vibrant agricultural industry that has grasped and implemented the changes needed to achieve positive social, environmental and financial out- comes -- and in doing so will become more widely recognised as a smart, efficient and vital contributor to Australia's wellbeing. GROWER AWARDS Darling Downs group wins "Is it good for the casino?" quipped Darling Downs grower St John Kent when accepting an $8000 cheque from GRDC chairman Terry Enright after he and his neighbours in the Jimbour Farmer Group won the GRDC's Queensland and national grower group awards for 2004. Terry made a quick check of the signature and assured the winners the paper was indeed legitimate. The growers were presented with their award at this year's Grains Week in Brisbane. Report page 5 BUSHFIRE RECOVERY Information packs help farmers The GRDC and Bayer CropScience have presented Eyre Peninsula growers hit by the January bushfire with special information packs to help them prepare for this year's sow- ing season. When GRDC and Bayer CropScience asked growers how they could help, the replacement of information, such as ute guides, paddock diaries and other reference books, was high on growers' lists. Vic Dobos, GRDC executive manager for communication and customer services, Bayer CropScience area manager Natasha O'Brien and broadacre support southern manager, Ken Blowers, travelled to Port Lincoln in April to present growers with the packs. They also included rain gauges, to replace those melted in the fire, and flower seeds for family gardens. Mrs O'Brien says: "We all wanted to help and after speaking to growers found that many had lost valuable information guides. So, with the GRDC's help, we decided to create an infor- mation pack." The fire, which affected 150 farms in the area, was the worst since the 1983 Ash Wednesday fires. Report pages 16-17 Working towards a vibrant industry: Michele Simpson (left) and GRDC board member Christine Hawkins at Grains Week. Helping hands: Natasha O'Brien, Vic Dobos and Ken Blowers at Port Lincoln. Winner: St John Kent accepts the $8000 cheque from GRDC chairman Terry Enright.
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