Cropping

Shape grains research

By Country News

Grain growers, researchers and farm advisers in Victoria are being encouraged to put up their hands and help shape future grains research, development and extension.

The Grains Research and Development Corporation is seeking applications from growers and industry personnel interested in becoming members of its Southern Regional Cropping Solutions Network.

Several RCSN member vacancies have arisen for the next two-year term which begins in November.

GRDC southern grower relations manager Darren Arney said the purpose of the Southern RCSN was to identify priority grains industry issues to assist the GRDC in the development, delivery and strategic review of targeted research, development and extension to create enduring profitability for Australian growers.

‘‘The objective of the RCSN, which was established six years ago, 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 Arney said.

‘‘RCSN members are geographically spread across the southern region and have diverse backgrounds, experience and skill sets, bringing enormous value to the GRDC in understanding the important issues for growers and developing the most effective RD&E responses.’’

Expressions of interest for new members of the RCSN close on October 1.

■More information about the RCSN initiative and how to apply to become a member is available at: https://bit.ly/2Ntaaqn