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Plans to bring barley breeding into a nationally-coordinated program have moved a step closer with the different breeding program leaders agreeing on the need for structural change to keep Australian programs internationally competitive. A meeting of the National Barley Breeding Steering Committee -- with representatives of all barley-breeding states -- and the GRDC has now formally agreed to pursue the creation of a National Barley Breeding Program. A national program would raise the level of barley breeding, not just to provide growers with improved varieties, but also ensure breeding programs are in step with market forces. The steering committee, at a meeting in Adelaide on 21 October, also agreed that Barley Australia should be recognised as the peak industry body and provide market direction to the breeding programs. GRDC managing director Peter Reading said the intention was to meet the needs of growers for better varieties, plus the needs of the malting, feed and special-purpose end-users. He said a national program would deliver improved efficiency through increased collaboration and integration, and still have the capacity to cater for specific regional or end-user requirements. This strategy is in line with 'Single Vision' Australian Grains Industry Strategy 2005-2025 that was launched at Grains Week in April 2004. A key part of the proposal is also to establish a national intellectual property sharing program. This would provide for: n a focus on national gain; n minimum IP exchange impediments; n full licence freedom of access to elements such as germplasm, molecular markers and software for all subscribing programs; and n incentives to encourage national collegiate behaviour. The next step is for the steering committee to discuss its plans with Barley Australia and the wider industry. It is hoped to have a National Barley Breeding Program in place by the end of February for implementation from July 2005. GRDC PROGRAM 1 Full details of the National Barley Breeding Program proposal can be found on the GRDC website at www.grdc.com.au -- 'Australian Barley Breeding Program future directions'. NEWS 7 DECEMBER 2004 Strike oil with CLEARFIELD® Canola. ® Registered trademark of BASF used under licence by Nufarm Australia Ltd. When applied to CLEARFIELD Canola, OnDuty helps your crop maximise its yield by providing outstanding knockdown and residual control of problem grass and broadleaf weeds, including wild radish, Indian hedge mustard, wild turnip and shepherd's purse. This winning combination is available from your local CLEARFIELD AgriCentre. Don't miss the oil rush. Strike it rich with CLEARFIELD® Canola and choose some of the highest yielding canola varieties from Australia's leading Canola breeders. www.nufarm.com.au The future is CLEARFIELD Canola. NUF0300GCV1 Australian barley production is forecast to be 7.3 million tonnes in 2004-05, down 1.3 million tonnes from last season, according to ABARE's Australian Crop report released in September. It forecast barley exports from Australia, the world's largest barley exporter, to fall by six percent to 4.5 million tonnes in 2004-05. However, it also forecast world trade in both malting and feed barley would increase slightly in 2004-05. This outlook is being driven by expectations that Ukraine barley production is likely to more than double to three million tonnes, making the Ukraine the world's second largest barley exporter. Another new element in the barley trade is a decision by the Saudi Arabian government to fix the subsidy it pays to importers at $US40 a tonne. This change is in sharp contrast to the previous policy which floated the import subsidy in order to maintain domestic wholesale prices for $US96 a tonne. Now, domestic barley prices in Saudi Arabia will change according to movements in international prices. It means import demand in that country will be more responsive to price changes on world markets. Barley exports tipped to fall 6% National barley breeding program steps closer Targeting grower needs: GRDC managing director Peter Reading. Meeting market forces: Australian barley.
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