GRDC Corporate Profile Video
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Voiceover: In Australia’s grains industry there’s a vital presence that’s not always noticed.
It’s one of the world’s leading grains R&D organisations yet it employs no researchers.
Its influence is everywhere, yet it runs from just one floor of an office building in the national capital.
It manages over a hundred and fifty million dollars in research, yet considers the views of even the smallest grain grower.
It’s Australia’s Grains Research and Development Corporation, and it exists for one reason – to direct the combined research investment of grain growers and the Federal Government for the greatest return to growers.
Jason Stokes, Geraldton: As an industry, we need to invest in Research, we need to face new challenges, take new opportunities and continue to improve.
VO: GRDC has been helping shape the future of Australia’s Grains industry since 1990.
Established under an Act of Parliament, it plans, invests in and oversees research, development and extension for improvements in production, sustainability and ultimately profitability across the Australian grains industry.
Wade Bidstrup, Toowoomba: The past 2 decades have been tough, but we’re stronger and more efficient. In my mind, relevant research through GRDC has been a major contributor making that possible.
VO: GRDC answers to Australia’s grain growers. If you grow any of these 25 crops, you pay a levy – and 0.99% of your net grain sales comes to GRDC.
It’s also accountable to the Australian government, which matches the money raised from grain growers.
It may not employ researchers directly, but funding through GRDC keeps Australia’s best crop science organisations working.
It underpins almost every significant grains research activity in Australia. GRDC’s choice of projects shapes that work to the needs of Australia’s grain farmers - nationally, regionally and locally.
That doesn’t happen by accident.
Project selection is largely the work of three regional panels supported by localised grower groups, representing the northern, southern and western grain growing regions.
The panels include grain growers, farm advisors and researchers. And they form the gateway for every grain grower to influence the RD&E priorities.
Caroline Welsh, Swan Hill: That system of regional panels is so important. It’s how we can be confident that the way our levy is invested matches the needs of farmers in our part of Australia. That 1% comes out of our family’s income needs to be the best investment we make.
VO: GRDC structures its RD&E across six strategic themes.
Meeting market requirements is about uncovering market opportunities and developing the crops, varieties and production methods to meet them.
Improving crop yield is about higher potential yields, better tolerance of drought, more of the right grain for a given area and seasonal conditions.
Protecting your crop is about defending the crop’s yield and quality against losses from pests, weeds and disease, and doing it sustainably and efficiently.
Advancing profitable farming systems generates the knowledge and tools for farmers to plan strategically and respond tactically to markets, climate, seasons and risks.
Improving your farm resource base, protecting, managing and enhancing the natural assets farmers use.
Building skills and capacity, better leadership, research capability and adoption of research outcomes.
John Harvey, GRDC Managing Director: Those research themes are there to make sure our investment covers all the bases, that there’s no gaps as far as the business of grain growing is concerned. But they’re also formulated to align with the Government’s National Research Priorities and its specific priorities for Rural R&D.
VO: GRDC connects globally to give Australian farmers faster access to new technologies and genetics.
It co-ordinates nationally, avoiding duplication and funding the work of Australia’s best grains RD&E people.
And it delivers regionally - giving growers and advisors access to products and services developed to match local needs.
JH: We partner with leading researchers here in Australia and overseas, wherever they are, public sector and, increasingly, commercial organisations.
We’re guided by constant two-way communication with growers through our panels and grower networks.
And we’re increasingly focused on extension – completing the transfer of new practices and technologies to the farm, because we’ve only succeeded when a farmer plants a new seed or changes a farming practice, does something different on their farm to make their business more profitable and more sustainable.
VO: Australia’s Grains Research and Development Corporation.
Your GRDC working with you.