[ASC-media] GETTING 'BOARD' IN WA: Crop Doctor

BRENDON CANT brendon at iinet.net.au
Wed Jul 4 01:47:20 CEST 2007

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Maximising understanding of what your stakeholders are doing maximises


And there’s no quicker and better way to reach such understanding than by
visiting them in person.


GRDC Board members from across the country convened in Perth recently and
after a full day Board meeting, spent another day with key stakeholders,
learning about local research projects and assessing WA grain industry


Each year the Board visits GRDC’s western, southern and northern regions at
least once to interface with growers, researchers and other industry
partners to better understand emerging grains issues.


Board Chairman and Mt Barker graingrower, Terry Enright rightly believes
such regional interaction assists us in strategically mapping GRDC’s
direction to build and invest wisely for the future.


The Board comprises people with special skills from a range of backgrounds,
not only farming.


A collective expertise of farming, business, research and development,
conservation, sociology and technology enables the Board to drive innovation
for profitable and environmentally sustainable benefits for grain industry


It’s essential Board members see on-the-ground research and also its
application, to add to their understanding and expertise, especially as they
’re accountable to Australia’s 37,000 graingrowers.


This year the Board visited CSIRO to learn more about current research
projects covering climate change, fungal pathogens, biofuels and aphids,
plus the recently expanded Joe White Maltings barley processing facility in


As WA is the world’s biggest lupin producer and value adding is vital, a
visit to the recently commissioned lupin dehulling plant (a joint venture
between CBH and George Weston Foods) at the Metro Grains Centre was also on
the program.


Board members were generally impressed with what they saw while in WA, which
typically delivers more grain than any other state.


The Board, of course, hopes WA has a better season this year than last.



The Crop Doctor is GRDC Managing Director, Peter Reading, Tel 02 6272 5525

Further Information: Terry Enright, Tel 08 9854 2039

GRDC REF: CDJune076.doc/Reading

Brendon Cant & Associates
Public Relations & Marketing 
Suite 5
4 Gugeri St
Claremont WA 6010
Tel 08 9384 1122


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