Here are some highlights:
The GRDC invested more than $192.8 million in 898 projects to deliver new and improved varieties, practices, technologies and capability to the industry. These projects were delivered by over 2,500 researchers from 283 partner organisations.
The GRDC made a $10 million commitment to the International Wheat Yield Partnership, which aims to increase the yield potential of wheat by up to 50% in the next 20 years.
The world’s first commercially produced gluten-free beer was released, using low-gluten barley developed through collaboration between the GRDC and CSIRO.
Crop-breeding programs that receive GRDC support released five new varieties: one each of oats, lentils and field peas, and two of lupins.
In the 2016 Grower Survey, 85 percent of growers rated the GRDC’s performance as high quality The most comprehensive study ever conducted into the impact of weeds on Australian grains production established a baseline that will guide the GRDC's investments in weed research., and 71 percent said they had recently benefited from GRDC activities.
The GRDC celebrated 25 years as a leading force in investment in research, development and extension for the Australian grains industry.
VISIT THE LANDCARE DISPLAY in the Department of Agriculture Shed
Staff from the South West Catchments Council Office in Bunbury and Natural Resource Management Staff from across the Region, will gather at Woolorama for 2 days to promote current activities and future programs and events that will be offered to landholders in the region. This will be a “one stop shop” for landholders to source the latest information and view technology now available to ensure on ground projects are effectively implemented, monitored and results recorded. This may include the use of a drone which will be on display at Wagin to plan and map future project sites.
Landholders can also discuss their project proposals with specialised staff available to answer questions and give feedback on possible funding sources. A variety of activities are available for all ages from recording your land care request via a dot survey, viewing a range of taxidermy native animals, discovering what “other landholders in the region are doing” and colouring in for the kids. Please drop into the Shed which is centrally located north of the Sheep Pavilion, support this display and take the opportunity to have a chat with the Natural Resource Management Professionals.
LAKES LOCAL ACTION GROUP - FOR SKELETON WEED INCORPORATED
The Lake Grace, Kondinin, Kulin, Dumbleyung, Wickepin Shires with the addition of parts of the Ravensthorpe and Corrigin Shires make up the Lakes Local Action Group, working towards eradicating and controlling Skeleton Weed in our region.
The Lakes Local Action Group for Skeleton Weed Incorporated holds office in Lake Grace in the old Department of Agriculture and Food Building on Stubbs Street, Lake Grace. The LAG assists the Department of Agriculture with the implementation of the State Skeleton Weed Program. The main task of the LAG is to assist Landholders to meet their obligations under the Biosecurity Agricultural management Act in relation to the Declared Weed, Skeleton Weed.
We now have an informative website: lakeslaginc.simplesite.com and a Facebook page.
These provide information for Landholders and the public about the processes involved if you find Skeleton Weed and how we deal with eradicating and controlling it.
All contact details for the Lakes Local Action are on the website.
For those Landholders that have not returned their Property and paddock reports for this season 2016/2017 please do so urgently so we can update our data base and get your End of Season reports out to you before seeding.
All the best for a successful season ahead.