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10 January 2014 - Grower input sought on research management

Grain Producers Australia (GPA) is seeking input from the grain production sector on any issues concerning grains research, development and extension that people believe should be addressed by the Board of the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC).

The call for direct input comes ahead of GPA’s next formal consultation meeting with GRDC, scheduled for mid-February. GPA’s role in facilitating the oversight of the GRDC on behalf of producers is a function legislated under the Primary Industries and Energy Research and Development Act 1989.

GPA chairman, Andrew Weidemann, said that while GPA receives formal comments from various grower organisations to bring into the consultative process, it was important that individuals, producer cooperatives and other bodies in the production sector know that they can have input if they wish.

“Our formal consultative meetings occur with the GRDC Board and senior management team twice-yearly and they can be detailed, robust discussions,” Mr Weidemann said.

“Growers are major investors and key stakeholders in the GRDC’s work, so we seek strong engagement with the entire producer representative group to ensure the questions and issues we raise reflect and address the issues producers generally think about in relation to grains research, development and extension.

“We talk through the operations of GRDC, their investment strategies and any issues in the R, D & E space that people believe should be raised with the GRDC Board.

“With the harvest now finished in all but the latest districts the opportunity is there for growers to turn their attention to research and have their say, so we encourage people to make contact with us promptly.”

GPA requires all contributions for the consultative process to be forwarded to GPA prior to the close of business on Friday, 31 January.

All contributions will be collated and drawn into a document for presentation to GRDC ahead of the consultative meeting, to enable appropriate research and response.

Contributions, submissions or comments should be sent to the GPA Secretariat via:

email: admin@grainproducers.com.au, or

mail: PO Box 3517 Manuka 2603

ENDS

For further information please contact:

Andrew Weidemann, Chairman, Grain Producers Australia Ltd, Ph 0428 504 544

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