Passionate growers sought to shape grains research

Western Australian grain growers keen to help shape research, development and extension (RD&E) in their port zone are encouraged to apply for positions on their local Regional Cropping Solutions Network (RCSN) group.

Expressions of interest are open for new Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) RCSN grower members across WA’s port zone areas.

WA RCSN coordinator Julianne Hill said passionate and committed applicants were sought for the five RCSN groups:

  • Kwinana West (two growers)
  • Kwinana East (two growers)
  • Geraldton (two growers)
  • Albany (one to two growers in the medium to low rainfall area)
    • Esperance (one grower).

“This is a great opportunity to be part of building ideas for useful, locally-focused RD&E for your port zone,” Ms Hill said.

“RCSN members prioritise research ideas, give feedback to GRDC staff and Western Region Panel members and provide guidance when GRDC projects are developed from issues they have prioritised.

“Each RCSN group meets twice a year, usually in its port zone area, and members feed in issues that are impacting on the profitability of growers in their zone.

“It is imperative that each member has good links within their community, are able to discuss and deliberate over issues raised within the meetings and are able to commit to attending meetings.”

Members are paid a sitting fee and are reimbursed for accommodation and meal costs.

Application forms and more information about the RCSN initiative, including a video and the latest WA RCSN newsletter, can be found at the RCSN website. Applications close on Friday, May 31 2019 (close of business).

Source: GRDC

Featured Image: Albany port zone RCSN members inspect a subsoil drainage system during a tour to Tasmania and Victoria in February. Photo by Julianne Hill.