GRAINGROWERS has announced it will support 30 local farming system groups and grower groups across Australia in 2018-19 under its Partnership Opportunity Program.
GrainGrowers Western Region (SA) regional coordinator David Evans said each year GrainGrowers partnered with farming system groups and grower groups to support them in conducting field trials which addressed local agronomic issues and a range of industry development work and training.
“We recognise the important role farming system groups and grower groups play in delivering local trials,research and other activities directly aimed at improving grain growers’ bottom lines,” Mr Evans said.
“Aligned with the activities, these groups also provide a great pathway for GrainGrowers to connect with grain farmers directly and ensure our policies are focused on the issues that matter to their business.
“This year we have also assisted several groups who are running programs and events specifically targeted at women involved in cropping businesses. These include basic agronomy, business and office management, workplace health and safety, and networking activities.
“GrainGrowers is conscious of the critical roles played by women in grains businesses. Supporting and further developing their skills in a range of areas will provide long term benefits to the industry.”
GrainGrowers Western Region (WA) regional coordinator Alan Meldrum said for many years GrainGrowers had provided support to regional grower groups across Australia.
“Grower groups are producing some amazing results in research trials and demonstrating the worth of new agronomic techniques and technology across the diverse grain growing regions across Australia,” Mr Meldrum said.
“GrainGrowers looks forward to fostering strong relationships with its partners and supporting them to meet their goals in accordance with our vision to develop and promote a more efficient, sustainable and profitable grains industry for all Australian grain farmers.”
Partners for the 2018-19 financial year are:
Corrigin Farm Improvement Group, Far East Ag Research Group, Ravensthorpe Agriculture Initiative Network, West Midlands Group, Liebe Group, Northern Agri Group, Stirlings to Coast Farmers, Facey Group, Women in Farming Enterprises, Merredin and Districts Farm Improvement Group, Southern DIRT, Mingenew-Irwin Group, South East Premium Wheat Growers Association, Lakes Information and Farming Technology, and WANTFA.
Hart Field Site Group, Lowbank and Districts Ag Bureau, Buckleboo Farm Improvement Group, Northern Sustainable Soils, South Australian No Till Farming Association (SANTFA), Upper North Farming Systems, MacKillop Farm Management Group and Southern Australian Durum Growers Association.
Birchip Cropping Group, Mallee Sustainable Farming and Southern Farming Systems.
New South Wales
Irrigated Cropping Council, Central West Farming Systems, FarmLink Research Limited and Riverine Plains.