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OCTOBER 2016

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ACROSS THE GGA DESK


Congratulations to all grower groups on another successful spring field day season – they continue to deliver great programs to inform and support growers, researchers and industry on the latest local RD&E. Sharing both research trials and farmer demonstrations (successes and failures) are the key to their success. Congratulations also goes to Corrigin Farm Improvement Group who celebrated 35 years at their field day and dinner last month. 

There are plenty of opportunities coming up for grower capacity building and leadership programs in the grains and sheep industries, so make sure you have a look below and encourage up and coming leaders in your group to have a go.

With what could be an early harvest this year – we wish you all the best and hope you reap the rewards of a good season. 


- Rebecca

GGA NEWS


ANNUAL FORUM PRESENTATIONS: VIDEOS NOW ONLINE

Presentations from keynote speakers at the 2016 GGA Annual Forum are now available to view online. The videos have been added to the information on the GGA Annual Forum webpage and can be accessed via the links below:
Click here to go to the 2016 Annual Forum webpage.
 

CORRIGIN FARM IMPROVEMENT GROUP 35 YEAR CELEBRATION
 
Congratulations to Corrigin Farm Improvement Group (CFIG) on a successful 35 years as a grower group. This is a significant achievement to which they have credited the people involved in the group for the time and effort they have contributed to ensure many terrific events, continuous learning, research and information exchange for farmers within the region.

CFIG celebrated the milestone at their Spring Field Day followed by a social evening where founding and long time members shared memories and stories of the group's long history and reflected on how much has been achieved over the years.

Click here to read more from CFIG on their 35 year celebrations and story, or contact Veronika Crouch, T: 0476 046 100, E: cfig@cfig.asn.au.  

         
PHOTO: Wes Baker, Tony Guinness, Lawry Pitman, Rob McMiles, Graeme Downing and Simon Wallwork at the Corrigin 35th Year Anniversary Dinner. (Source: Corrigin Farm Improvement Group)
 
 
GROWAG SUMMIT 2016
 
The inaugural GrowAg Summit took place from 21 - 23 September in Albury NSW, and brought together 100 young agri-professionals and emerging leaders from across Australia to attend a one of a kind professional development and networking event.

Supported by Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation (RIRDC) and the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, attendees were required to submit an application to attend and selected based on their commitment to the future of agriculture in Australia. The summit focused largely on the key themes of global opportunities in agriculture/agribusiness, technology, innovation, entrepreneurship, education and leadership.

WA had strong representation at the summit, including Sarah Houston (GGA) and Sarah Hyde (Facey Group), along with representatives from DAFWA, private industry, grain production, dairy, livestock and banking sectors. 

With 100 delegates from around the country and from across all sectors of the agricultural industry, the summit provided fantastic networking opportunities and built strong relationships that will be key for the emerging leaders in our industry to take things to the next level. We hope that Xavier Rizos of Westpac is right in his prediction that "the next Steve Jobs will be a farmer"!

Click here to read more about the initiative, or contact Sarah Houston, T: 0408 602 269, E: shouston@gga.org.au.


           
Back row: Nick Wright (DAFWA), Wes Lefroy (Precision Soil Tech), Lewis Johnstone (Producer), Boyd Carter (Producer), Brett Fallon (Alpaca Society/ANZ), Nick Healy (Producer), Joel Andrews (Map IQ)
Front Row: Tammy Negus (Dairy Australia), Sarah Houston (GGA), Sarah Hyde (Facey Group)
Absent: Carris Waite (Producer)
GENERAL NEWS
CALL FOR PAPERS AND PRESENTATIONS FOR 2017 GRDC WA RESEARCH UPDATES

The 2017 GRDC WA Grains Research Updates will be held in Perth on Monday 27 February and Tuesday 28 February, 2017 at Crown Perth.

Groups are encouraged to submit papers/presentations for this major event as it is a chance to showcase the essential work done by grower groups throughout WA. Although Expressions of Interest officially close today, last minute submissions from grower groups and/or suggestions for topics or speakers will still be considered until Friday 7 October 2016.

Click here for more information and to download the EOI, or contact GIWA, T: 08 6262 2128, E: researchupdates@giwa.org.au.
 

SOILSWEST: DELIVERING HIGH VALUE SCIENCE TO INDUSTRY

Soil science researchers from UWA and DAFWA have combined their scientific and research capabilities to develop the long-term future of soil science in Western Australia. 

The ‘SoilsWest’ alliance in agriculture will focus on innovative soil research in grain and pasture production systems to deliver high value science to the wider agricultural industry. Initially the alliance will develop agricultural research, development and extension activities in crop nutrition, soil biological function, as well as physical and chemical constraints in soils.

For more information click here or contact Frances Hoyle (Director SoilsWest), T: 6488 1352. E: frances.hoyle@uwa.edu.au.
 
 
2017 BARLEY VARIETY GUIDE 
 
The 2017 Barley variety sowing guide for WA is now available and provides valuable information about the performance of currently available varieties, including grain yield comparisons, agronomic attributes, disease resistance and herbicide tolerance, in addition to a comprehensive description of individual lines. It also features a market overview, provided by the GIWA Barley Council.

Click here to view the guide and to find out more, or contact Blakely Paynter, T: 9690 2115, E: blakely.paynter@agric.wa.gov.au

 
 
NATIONAL LANDCARE PROGRAMME ONLINE SURVEY
 
The Australian Government is undertaking a review of the National Landcare Programme to ensure it is effective, efficient and continues to target natural resource management priorities. If you would like to provide feedback on the National Landcare Programme, an online survey has been established and should take no longer than 20 minutes to complete.

Click here to access the survey. For more information contact Erum Rasheed, T: 02 9373 9918, E: NLP@artd.com.au

 
 
DAFWA OPPORTUNITIES: POSTGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS AND GRADUATE PROGRAM
 
DAFWA Postgraduate Scholarships

The future of grains innovation in Western Australia has been bolstered by the announcement of four postgraduate research scholarships to be provided by DAFWA. In addition to the scholarship funds, the department will provide recipients with suitable mentors, access to resources and office space. The scholarships will be valued at around $190,000 each over four years with funding provided via the department’s Boosting Grains Research and Development project, made possible by Royalties for Regions. 

Applications for the Grains R&D Postgraduate Scholarship are currently open until Monday 31 October. Click here for more information on DAFWA Postgraduate Scholarships, or contact Alexandra Douglas, T: 9821 3246, E: alexandra.douglas@agric.wa.gov.au.

DAFWA Graduate Program 

DAFWA's two-year Graduate program will provide career opportunities for people from all study disciplines, including science, business, commerce and agriculture. The program is currently seeking graduates who have recently completed or will have completed an undergraduate degree prior to the commencement of their next Graduate program in February 2017.

Click here for more information on the DAFWA Graduate Program and details about the application process.
 

 
AWARD FOR ONLINE FARM TRIALS 

Federation University's Centre for eResearch and Digital Innovation, in partnership with GRDC, have been presented with the Victorian award for Spacial Enablement at the recent Victorian Spacial Excellence Awards (VSEA) for their work with the Online Farm Trials (OFT) project.
 
The VSEA awards acknowledge organisations and individuals for their contributions to the industry, government and the community for the promotion of spatial information, technology and services. The OFT project will now be considered for the national award.

Congratulations to the OFT team and good luck for the national round. We look forward to watching this technology grow and assist the grains industry in making better RD&E decisions in the future.

Click here for more information.
 


RURAL BANK TEAMS UP WITH METEOROLOGIST FOR LOCAL INSIGHTS

Rural Bank has recently partnered with Channel 7 meteorologist Jane Bunn to provide monthly weather updates to keep farmers in each state updated on the latest weather patterns and forecast conditions. Using Jane's extensive meteorological knowledge and local insight from Rural Bank’s team in the field, the forecast delivers a summary of seasonal conditions across the agricultural regions of each state. 

Click here to view the October outlook for Western Australia, and to subscribe to the monthly weather update for the state. You can also subscribe to regular industry insights, including the upcoming release of the Australian Agri-food Trade 2015/16 report, with analysis into nine commodities, which gives details on how each has contributed to Australia’s sixth consecutive annual increase in agri-food exports.
 


KEY APPOINTMENTS TO STRENGTHEN INTEGRITY SYSTEMS AND R&D IMPACT

Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) has announced the appointment of respected research and development (R&D) manager Dr Jane Weatherley as chief executive officer (CEO) of the red meat industry’s new Integrity and Information Systems Company.

Click here for more information.
 
OPPORTUNITIES & EVENTS
SEED AND GRAIN STORAGE WORKSHOPS: ON-FARM

The GRDC funded Stored Grain initiative is rolling out pre- and post- harvest grain storage workshops across WA. The workshops are designed to help growers understand the best methods of preserving grain and seed quality in storage.

A number of pre-harvest workshops are currently planned as follows:
  • Tuesday 11 October - Boyup Brook, Woodanilling & Wickepin
  • Wednesday 12 October - Merredin & Burracoppin
  • Thursday 13 October - Wyalkatchem & Cadoux
The Stored Grain team are also able to coordinate further workshops for growers or grower groups in their region if required. The 2 1/2 hour workshops include silo seal testing, insect ID and disinfestation, planning for optimal storage and effective fumigation practices.

For more informaiton contact Ben White, T: 1800 933 845, E: ben@storedgrain.com.au.

BOARD INDUCTION WEBINAR

Thursday 20 October

This webinar is suitable for anyone thinking about becoming a not-for-profit director, new board members who feel out of their depth, and current board members who would benefit from a refresher on their responsibilities. 


Click here for more information and to register.

2017 AUSTRALIAN GRAIN FARM LEADERS PROGRAM

The Australian Grain Farm Leaders Program (AGFLP) is a national leadership program designed specifically for young Australian grain producers. The program develops young farmers' leadership skills, knowledge and potential.

Applications for the 2017 program are now open. Click here for more information.

 
WOMEN IN FARMING ENTERPRISES SEMINAR

Thursday 13 October

Registrations are now open for the Women In Farming Enterprises (WIFE) Annual Seminar. 

For more information click here or contact E: events@wife.org.au.

2017 RURAL WOMEN'S AWARD: NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN
 
Applications for the 2017 RIRDC Rural Women's Award  are now open. The Award identifies and supports emerging women leaders who have the desire, commitment and leadership potential to make a greater contribution to primary industries and rural communities.

Applications close Monday 31 October. Click here for more information.

AUSTRALIAN RURAL LEADERSHIP PROGRAM: APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN

The Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP) is rural Australia’s iconic leadership development program. The program consists of up to 50 days of face-to-face training delivered in multiple sessions over 15 months. Five of these sessions take place in locations across Australia, and one takes place overseas, with additional development via flexible learning.

Applications close Friday 11 November .Click here to find out more and to apply for the program.


SHEEPMEAT INDUSTRY LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

The Sheepmeat Council of Australia (SCA) is offering sheepmeat producers and people working in the industry an exclusive opportunity to be part of the inaugural Sheepmeat Industry Leadership Program. The program is valued at more than $10,000 and covers training, course materials and travel costs to two face-to-face sessions.

Applications close Monday 31 October. Click here for more information.

 
FUNDING 
MLA PRODUCER DEMONSTRATION SITE FUNDING AVAILABLE
 
MLA are now calling for applications for Producer Demonstration Sites. The PDS program aims to increase the rate of adoption of key management practices and technologies that improve business profitability and productivity, by shortening the time lag between technological innovation and adoption of practices by producers. PDSs enable groups of producers to demonstrate, develop and adopt MLA research findings and technologies that have a positive influence on business performance.

MLA will be providing a short webinar to provide tips and suggestions on how to ensure your application is compelling as possible. For more information and to join in the webinar click here.

Click here for more information on the Producer Demonstration Site program, or contact Russell Pattinson, T: 0419 872 684, E: miracledog@bigpond.com.


Applications close Friday 21 October. 
 

GRDC GROWER AND ADVISER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

The GRDC Grower and Adviser Development Program is specifically targeted at individuals and groups of Australian grain growers and advisers seeking to arrange and undertake study and professional development. The aim is to enable grain producing businesses to be productive, profitable and sustainable by assisting grain growers to gain new knowledge, develop new skills, build relationships, and acquire new information.

For more information click here or contact E: panels@grdc.com.au

Applications close Wednesday 26 October.

 

MLA SPONSORSHIP - SECOND ROUND APPLICATIONS OPEN

MLA is committed to supporting the red meat industry through the strategic investment of financial and in-kind contributions in a range of third party events and activities. MLA has recently reviewed its sponsorship program to ensure its sponsorship investments are relevant, timely and aligned with MLA’s key focus areas.

Applications are now open for $10,000 and less and in-kind sponsorship for the period January 2017 – June 2017. Click here for more information and to download a request form, or contact Erin Gorter, T: 0429 833 752, E: eringorter@agvivo.com.au.


Applications close Thursday 1 December.
 
GROWER GROUP SPOTLIGHT
LIEBE GROUP SEARCH FOR INNOVATION ON THE ORD RIVER

In early August, sixteen Liebe Group members and two staff set off in search of innovative ideas from the Ord River Region of Kununurra, WA. Jointly funded by growers through the GRDC’s Grower and Adviser Development program, and the touring growers themselves, the week-long trip allowed attendees to speak with local growers and tour their farms to gain an in-depth view of the advanced farming systems in the region. 

The tour visited six farms, which combined grow over 23 different crops including chia, quinoa, corn, maize, coriander, mustard, watermelons, pumpkins, rockmelons, sorghum, cotton, mangoes, limes, bananas, wheat, sunflowers, zucchini, soybeans, mung beans, safflower, kenaf, sandalwood and millet. 

 
PHOTO: Participants of the Liebe Kununurra Grower Tour in a coriander crop at Bothkamp Australia Farm. (Source: Liebe Group)

The group reported that most Kununurra farmers were growing 6-8 different crops at any time, ensuring diversity in their rotation and farming system. As well as this, they expected to be growing completely different crops again in the next few years. Growers see non-commodity crops as ideal target crops to meet niche market demands.
 
They found that DAFWA play an important role in the research into new and existing crops in Kununurra, from determining how well they grow in the region through to how to manage them with generally limited crop protection tools available. The department and farmers work closely together to reduce risk and ensure profitability of the crops. Biosecurity was a common concern on all the local farms, and working together as a region is key to ensuring these risks are managed successfully.

Over 7,000ha of bushland is currently being developed through major capital investment by Kimberley Agricultural Investments (KAI). Liebe Group members toured the developing Stage 2 of the Ord Irrigation System, getting a firsthand look into the huge project which will cost $8,000/ha to develop.  KIA is also trialling new irrigation methods for the re-circulation of run-off water from the crops, and an upgrade from the current siphon system.


The importance of rotations in the Kununurra environment was emphasised throughout the trip, making the Liebe growers think differently about their own cropping programs, while also opening their eyes to other opportunities to diversify on their farms back home though activities such as tourism and value adding.
 
PHOTO: Taste testing fresh watermelons straight out of the paddock at Ceres Farm, Kununurra.
(Source: Liebe Group)

This trip allowed the Liebe members to gain perspectives on farming systems, constraints and practices that are very different to their own. The group came away with a revitalised view of their own operations and were reminded that having water isn't always the silver bullet! One strong theme observed throughout the week was the overwhelmingly positive attitudes of the growers in the Kununurra region, though despite being able to ‘turn the tap on’ whenever they like, farming ‘up there’ definitely had its challenges. 

One innovative idea that the group agreed could be implemented in the Wheatbelt region was the idea of raising the profile of crops through marketing. Liebe growers considered that if the amount of time spent on marketing was increased to a level closer to that of the Kununurra growers, perhaps there is opportunity for significant profits due to the large amount of grain produced.

For more information contact Katrina Venticinque, T: 9661 0570. E: admin@liebegroup.org.au

 

Funded by the Department of Agriculture and Food WA through Royalties for Regions

           

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