GRDC seeks regional panel members

By Country News

Primary producers and industry stakeholders involved in the agricultural sector are encouraged to apply for a position on the Grains Research and Development Corporation’s Southern Region Panel.

The regional panels provide a link between growers, the research community and the GRDC.

Members play an important advisory and strategic role in helping to guide GRDC investments across research and development.

GRDC managing director Steve Jefferies said the GRDC’s primary focus was improving grower profitability.

“The regional panels play an important role in sourcing feedback from growers and industry about regional production constraints, as well as opportunities, and bringing that information back to GRDC to help guide investment direction,” Mr Jefferies said.

“Diversity within these panels is an integral part of the system’s success so each is comprised of primary producers, agribusiness practitioners, scientists and the GRDC’s executive managers with provision for other industry experts.”

GRDC Southern Region Panel chair John Bennett and mixed farmer at Lawloit, in western Victoria, said panel membership was a rewarding experience.

“Being a member of the GRDC Southern Panel is a position of privilege — you are a representative of your industry and your peers, and have influence in directing investment in research, development and extension to generate solutions on their behalf,” Mr Bennett said.

He said the GRDC regional panel model ensured the interests of growers were well served and that their levies were invested in targeted research, addressing their most important challenges.

“The rewards are many — you get to work alongside like-minded people, yet from diverse backgrounds and with a mix of skills and expertise, who are intent on serving the best interests of our growers.

“You are exposed to cutting-edge science, and have the good fortune of meeting people from across Australia and around the world who are leaders in their fields.”

Those who apply should have an understanding of the challenges and opportunities associated with farming systems in the southern region, grains industry knowledge and good communication skills.

Successful applicants will take up the part-time positions from Tuesday, September 1 and appointments will be for two years.

Applications for the GRDC Southern Region Panel positions close on Wednesday, April 15.

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