Agribusiness crop updates to reach broader audience

The Department of Agriculture and Food and the Grains Research and Development Corporation have formed an alliance to ensure the State’s Agribusiness Crop Updates continue over the next three years.

The alliance has contracted the Grains Industry Association of WA (GIWA) to organise the event in Western Australia.

GIWA will be responsible for the administration and logistics for the event.

The Department of Agriculture and Food and GRDC will continue to have input into the format, content and programs including the selection of papers and speakers.

An advisory committee will remain in place to support the event, and the department will continue to peer review Crop Updates research papers.

Department Grains Industry Development Director Peter Metcalfe said the department’s contribution to the event would not change.

“Crop Updates will continue to be a flagship event for the department in Western Australia to provide the latest research and extension information to agribusiness,” Mr Metcalfe said.

“GIWA provides a unique opportunity to attract a broad spectrum of participants from other sectors, which will promote a better understanding and synergy between different industry players.”

GRDC Extension and Grower Programs Manager Tom McCue said GIWA’s extensive industry links made it an ideal organisation to lead the conference organisation.

“The partners are all very excited about this new alliance, which will see the Agribusiness Crop Updates continue to evolve and meet the needs of stakeholders in this increasingly dynamic industry,” Mr McCue said.

GIWA Chairman, Tenindewa farmer Tony Critch, said the organisation was looking forward to the challenge of hosting one of the major events on the WA agriculture calendar.

“Crop Updates has become an iconic event and GIWA intends to work closely with the department and the GRDC to ensure it remains relevant to farmers and industry participants alike,” Mr Critch said.

The 2010 Agribusiness Crop Updates will be held in late February 2010.

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