Fresh faces join crop net­works

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From north­ern Tas­ma­nia to South Aus­tralia’s Eyre Penin­sula and into the Wim­mera-mallee, mem­ber­ship of the Grains Re­search and Devel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion’s new-look South­ern Re­gional Crop­ping So­lu­tions Net­work, RCSN, stretches far and wide.

The cor­po­ra­tion has ap­pointed South­ern RCSN mem­bers for a two-year term, bring­ing to­gether di­ver­sity in ge­o­graph­i­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tion, knowl­edge, skills and ex­pe­ri­ence.

Three ex­pe­ri­enced net­work heads and an over­all co-or­di­na­tor will lead a to­tal of 38 RCSN mem­bers.

GRDC south­ern grower re­la­tions man­ager Court­ney Ram­sey said the RCSN pro­vided a trans­par­ent process to en­sure it cov­ered pri­or­ity grains in­dus­try is­sues.

She said the process helped the GRDC de­velop in­vest­ments, which pro­vided knowl­edge, tools and tech­nol­ogy to grow­ers to adopt farm­ing prac­tices to in­crease prof­itabil­ity.

“Since its es­tab­lish­ment in 2012, the South­ern RCSN has played a piv­otal role in iden­ti­fy­ing and pri­ori­tis­ing the con­straints and op­por­tu­ni­ties fac­ing grow­ers and shap­ing tar­geted GRDC in­vest­ments in re­search, devel­op­ment and ex­ten­sion,” Ms Ram­sey said.

“In re­cent years, the RCSN’S role has fo­cused on analysing the im­por­tant is­sues, re­view­ing ex­ist­ing in­vest­ments and iden­ti­fy­ing ideas to im­prove the prof­itabil­ity of grow­ers.”

Pro­vid­ing ad­vice to GRDC staff and the GRDC South­ern Re­gion Panel, the RCSN com­prises three groups, each of which is fo­cused on soil types, cli­matic con­di­tions and farm­ing sys­tems within a par­tic­u­lar pro­duc­tion zone – low rain, medium rain and high rain – across the three states.

Net­work mem­bers are grow­ers, re­searchers, ad­vis­ers and agribusi­ness pro­fes­sion­als who li­aise closely with, and rep­re­sent, grow­ers and the wider grains com­mu­nity within their ar­eas and re­spec­tive rain zones.

Panel mem­bers are con­nected to the net­work through par­tic­i­pa­tion as mem­bers on the South­ern RCSN.

Ms Ram­sey thanked out­go­ing South­ern RSCN mem­bers who had served three terms and made a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to the grains in­dus­try. She also wel­comed new mem­bers.

The 2019-20 panel in­cludes South­ern Re­gional Crop­ping So­lu­tions net­work man­ager, Court­ney Ram­sey, GRDC grower re­la­tions man­ager – South, and South­ern Re­gional Crop­ping So­lu­tions co-or­di­na­tor, Jen Lil­le­crapp, Struan.

Vic­to­rian mem­bers in­clude, medium rain zone – lead John Stuch­bery, Don­ald; Gavin Sait, Charl­ton; John Robert­son, Hor­sham; Bruce Macague, Rochester; Denise Mclel­lan, Hor­sham; Luke Mil­gate, Ser­pen­tine; and Si­mon Mock, Hor­sham. Panel mem­bers – John Ben­nett, Lawloit; Richard Mur­doch, Wa­rooka; and An­drew Rus­sell, Ruther­glen.

Low rain zone – leads John Stuch­bery, Don­ald, and Barry Mudge, Port Ger­mein; Vic­to­rian mem­bers Alis­tair Mur­doch, Kooloonong; and Tim Mc­clel­land, Birchip. Panel mem­bers – Peter Kuhlmann, Mu­damuckla; Ro­han Mott, Ninda; and Kate Wil­son, Hopetoun.

High rain­fall zone – lead Cam Nicholson, Gee­long; Vic­to­rian mem­bers Rowan Paulet, Flynns Creek; Jim Zwar, Glen­thomp­son; Craig Drum, Taty­oon; Peter Mc­cann, Ceres; Roger Arm­strong, Hor­sham; Ver­non Daw­son, Skip­ton; Vicky French, Vite Vite; and Si­mon Gabb, Shelford. Panel mem­bers – Mike Mclaughlin, Ade­laide; Jon Mid­wood, In­ver­leigh; Fiona Mar­shall, Mul­wala; and Michael Chil­vers, Nile.

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