Brendon Cant brendon at iinet.net.au
Thu Mar 30 11:05:42 EST 2006

SEED OF LIGHT - Agronomist Bill Crabtree received the Grains Research and
Development Corporation (GRDC) Seed of Light Award, for excellence in
communication, at the GRDC-supported 2006 Agribusiness Crop Updates.
Last year Mr Crabtree conducted, with GRDC support, a series of GM workshops
around WA, which attracted farmers keen for information on the benefits of
GM technology.
In July and August, he will host, also with GRDC support, WA growers on an
educational tour of Canada, looking at GM canola production systems,
bio-diesel and no-till.
Mr Crabtree said he was honoured to receive the Seed of Light, noting that
he had been alerted by his own travel and consistent observations that GM
crops made farmers that WA competed with more profit and less pesticide
dependant than WA growers. 
Contact: Bill Crabtree, Mob 0417 223 395
GROUP CREATION - Graingrowers wanting to improve their community and
industry, can benefit by forming a local grower-led group.
This was the message from former Mingenew Irwin Group (MIG) Executive
Officer, Cameron Weeks, speaking at the recent GRDC-supported Local Farmer
Group Network 2006 Group Leaders Workshop at the Burswood Entertainment
"Growers wanting to form a group shouldn't initially get caught up with
strategy. They should just get out there, get active and get started. A
group's strategy will come later.
"MIG's success can be attributed to good leaders, high participation, clear
member benefit and complementary partners such as sponsors and research
organisations." Mr Weeks said.
Contact: Cameron Weeks, Tel 08 9964 1170
 Authorised by GRDC and issued on its behalf by Brendon Cant & Associates,
Tel 08  9384 1122 




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