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ACROSS THE GGA DESK
It has been such a busy time for everyone in the grower group space over the past month - we hope that you have enjoyed attending the many events happening across the state! We are well and truly settled into 2017 (how is it April already?) and it seems there is no time to sit back as growers prepare for seeding and groups continue their preparations for trials, submit reports and funding submissions and continually support their grower members and local communities.
The GGA have enjoyed seeing many of you at our four Regional Meetings as well as our governance training course sponsored by CBH in Katanning. All events were well attended and produced some fantastic outcomes, particularly in the sharing of information, ideas and tools across regions.
We will try to keep this brief as there is HEAPS of information below, but make sure you have a close look through this month's Newswire as there are plenty of opportunities for capacity building, funding and information sharing coming up. In particular, keep your eyes peeled for upcoming GGA activities such as the Project Management training and Industry Linkages Forum both being held in Perth during May.
All the best for a fantastic season ahead!
- Sarah, Madi & Annabelle
PROJECT MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP FOR GROWER GROUPS
Thursday 28 - Friday 29 May, Perth
The GGA have identified a need for capacity building in the area of project management for grower groups. We are currently working on a tailored two-day course for grower group staff and committee members, which will cover topics such as managing project scope, time, risks, human resources and stakeholders.
The location and details of the course will be finalised over the coming week along with an outline of course content. Keep an eye on your inbox for this information which will be sent directly.
If you would like to reserve your position (limited to 20 spots) or for more information, contact Sarah Houston, T: (08) 6180 5759, E: email@example.com
GOVERNANCE TRAINING FOR GROWER GROUPS HITS THE MARK
The 2017 GGA/CBH Grower Group Governance Training was held at the Katanning Sheep Saleyards during March with participation from grower groups, community centres, agribusiness, farmers and NRM organisations.
Now in it's third year, the partnership between GGA and CBH has given grower and other community group committee, staff and members the opportunity to develop high level governance skills and take this knowledge out into their community to build stronger and more resilient organisations.
Delivered by experienced facilitators from the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), the training covered topics such as the roles and responsibilities of directors, specifically in the areas of governance, risk and strategic direction.
GGA and CBH plan to continue this partnership into 2018 and beyond, and look forward to bringing you further capacity building workshops in the future. If you would like more information about the opportunities provided by GGA, please contact us at the office, T: (08) 6180 5759, E: firstname.lastname@example.org
The GGA Regional Meetings took place in four locations around WA during February and March. Despite it being an incredibly busy time (particularly with some ideal spraying conditions on the days of our meetings!) we carried out meetings in Merredin, Katanning, Ravensthorpe and Geraldton.
The Regional Meetings are most importantly a space for grower groups and their key stakeholders to come together to share information, ideas and tips as well as network with their peers. Across the four meetings held we were thrilled to have 15 grower groups, 6 NRM groups and 4 biosecurity groups represented, as well great input and support from DAFWA, MLA (WALRC) and GRDC (RCSN).
During the meetings, attendees participated in a workshop allowing groups and others to share information on three key organisational areas: governance tips and tricks; operational and communication tools; and skills and capacity. The workshop created a space for participants to openly share helpful and innovative processes and procedures to help groups and small organisations operate more effectively.
The information compiled from all meetings will be summarised and provided to groups over the coming weeks, providing a resource that outlines some of the key operational, governance and skills tips & tricks that groups are using around the state.
INTRODUCING NEW STAFF IN THE WA GROWER GROUP LANDSCAPE
There have been plenty of staff movements happening in grower groups around WA over the past few months, and now that we are starting to settle in to 2017 we thought this is a great opportunity to welcome some of the few faces.
SOUTH EAST PREMIUM WHEATGROWERS ASSOCIATION (SEPWA)
Aidan Sinnott, Project Officer, email@example.com
Michelle Handley, Project Officer, firstname.lastname@example.org
STIRLINGS TO COAST FARMERS
Nathan Dovey, R&D Coordinator, email@example.com
Victoria Bennett, Livestock Extension Officer, firstname.lastname@example.org
WOMEN IN FARMING ENTERPRISES (WIFE)
Roxanne Morrissey, Executive Officer, email@example.com
All the best in your new roles and we look forward to seeing you out and about during the year. We hope you will find the support and linkages you need within the greater grower group network across WA.
APEN CONFERENCE CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
REGIONAL CROPPING SOLUTIONS NETWORK UPDATE
The GRDC Regional Cropping Solutions Network (RCSN) Joint Meetings for all five port zones were held in early March. To find out what topics hit the ground in your port zone and for all the latest RCSN news, click here to go to the webpage.
The Australasia Pacific Extension Network (APEN) 2017 International Conference is being held in Townsville, QLD on 12-15 September. The conference is an international meeting for rural advisory practitioners, researchers and academics that will combine the best extension research and practice from developing and developed countries.
APEN are currently inviting submissions or abstracts from potential presentations at this exciting conference and the GGA encourage groups and industry partners to take up this opportunity.
Click here for more information or contact Rosemary Currie, T: 02 6024 5349, E: firstname.lastname@example.org. Abstracts are due by Monday 24 April.
For more information contact Julianne Hill, T: 0447 261 607, E: email@example.com
GLOBAL FOOD TREND EXPERT TOURS WA
Many of our readers will have had the opportunity to see the International food and beverage commentator Professor David Hughes as he toured around WA with the GRDC Grains Research Updates as well as DAFWA's Food Industry Innovation road shows. Professor Hughes shared his knowledge and experience on the topics of global food industry trends, food packaging, production and consumer trends.
Click here for an overview of his key messages as compiled by DAFWA's Food Industry Innovation Project team.
MANAGING BARLEY VARIETIES THIS SEASON
The barley agronomy project have updated the barley variety fact sheets from the 2017 barley variety sowing guide for Western Australia. The fact sheets are designed to help growers make the best variety decision for their environment and to assist with the management of these varieties.
Click here for more information.
DIVERSITY, FLEXIBILITY KEYS TO MANAGING FROST RISK
Agronomist Garren Knell spoke at the GRDC Grains Research Updates advising that diversity and flexibility are keys to minimising the impact of frost on a farm business.
Click here to read the full GRDC article, or for more information contact Garren Knell, T: 0427 442 887, E: firstname.lastname@example.org.
DEEP RIPPING NO GUARANTEE TO FIX WATER REPELLENT SOILS
Grain growers who have taken advantage of summer rainfall and deep ripped paddocks have been warned the practise does not necessarily overcome soil water repellence. DAFWA research officer Steve Davies said while deep ripping was an effective way to reduce soil compaction, it did not guarantee improved soil water penetration.
Click here for the full media release, or click here for more information on soil water repellence.
2017 KONDININ GROUP NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL SURVEY
The Kondidnin Group have extended the deadline for their 2017 National Agricultural Survey (NAS), with interested parties now having until Saturday 8 April to submit the survey.
Click here to go to the survey online.
FIVE MINUTE NUFFIELD ONLINE SURVEY
This survey forms part of a Nuffield research paper looking at industry-good functions in the Australian grain industry and how they might be improved. The results from the survey and the research paper will be made available on the Nuffield website once completed.
Click here to go to the survey. Your input to this short survey is greatly appreciated.
AISC INDUSTRY REFERENCE COMMITTEE
The Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) is calling for nominations for two new national Industry Reference Committees; the Agriculture and Production Horticulture IRC; and Amenity Horticulture, Landscaping, Conservation and Land Management IRC.
Click here for more information or contact Paul Etheredge, T: (08) 93612800, E: email@example.com.