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ACROSS THE GGA DESK
It seems that everyone is as busy as we feel in Feb/March! The GGA team have been out and about attending research updates, group strategic planning sessions and other industry events over the past month, as well as arranging a number of GGA activities such as the Regional Meetings and AICD governance training for grower groups. For more information on these events see below.
With parts of the state receiving close to their annual levels of rainfall in Jan/Feb alone, we are sending our thoughts to those affected by damaging floods and hope that others are enjoying some timely pre-seeding soil moisture.
Keep an eye out for a key activity the GGA will be undertaking over the coming months - a quantitative study into the social and economic value of WA grower groups. Consultants AgKnowledge will be contacting many groups and key industry partners within the network to collect information for this study. The data will be collated and used to develop an important document for groups which will enable them to express their true value to funders, partners and members in future. We look forward to working with you all on this exciting piece of work!
- Sarah, Madi & Annabelle
QUANTIFYING THE VALUE OF GROWER GROUPS IN WA
The Grower Group Alliance (GGA) has commissioned a study to determine the economic and social value of grower groups. The independent review will be undertaken by Agknowledge and will include grower groups, industry stakeholders, funders, sponsors, members and non-members.
The aim of the study will be to determine where grower groups fit in a grower’s decision making process, the economic benefit to growers, what aspects drive economic value and the value they provide to the broader agricultural industry. It will also investigate the role of groups in developing and supporting human capacity in regional WA, the value to the community in terms of productive business and social support, and the role of grower groups in influencing practice change.
The information gained from this study will be key for targeting activities for the GGA and grower groups into the future and the final report will be launched at the Grower Group Alliance Annual Forum in Perth on 18-19 August 2017.
Should you wish to contribute to the study or if you would like further information, contact Annabelle Bushell, T: (02) 6180 5759, E: firstname.lastname@example.org
LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER FOR GOVERNANCE TRAINING COURSE
The GGA and CBH Group are excited to be holding the hihgly regarded AICD Goverenance Training course for grower groups in Katanning on Tuesday 14 March 2017.
Grower group committee, members and staff are encouraged to register now as spots are limited and booking up fast. Please feel free to pass on to your networks.
Click here for more information or contact Sarah Houston, T: (08) 6180 5759, E: email@example.com.
GRDC GRAINS RESEARCH UPDATES
The 2017 GRDC Research Updates in Perth was again a hugely successful event held at the new Crown Towers facility and attracting over 600 delegates over the two day program.
To view the full program and presenter papers, click here to go to the GIWA website, were you will also find links to all the regional GRDC Updates in Mingenew, Kendenup and Merredin.
Congratulations to DAFWA research officer Dr Stephen Davies on receiving the 2017 Seed of Light award for his work on managing soil constraints in cropping systems. Dr Davies has strong connections with grower groups around WA and has been instrumental in driving adoption and practice change in WA growers when it comes to soil amelioration techniques to improve crop yield and quality.
Click here to read more about the award in an article by Grain Central.
GGA PROJECT MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP
The GGA will deliver a two-day Project Management workshop in Perth in 2017, and we are looking for your input to ensure we are meeting your needs.
The workshop will draw from established content and experienced facilitators to deliver a valuable experience for members of the GGA network.
Please complete a short survey here to help us put the finishing touches of our planning for this course and stay tuned for more information coming soon!
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