Northern panel chair champions on-farm innovation

Northern panel chair champions on-farm innovation

Incoming Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) northern panel chair John Minogue is a firm believer in innovation, and feels effective communication between growers, the research community and the GRDC is the best way to see it continue on-farm.

Mr Minogue describes himself as vertically integrated in the grains industry, being a fifth generation farmer actually implementing research on farm, and also an advisor and an agronomist.

“For many years I’ve helped take the research message and deliver it to the farmer in an easy to understand and easy to implement way so the grower can undertake practice change on farm,” he said.

“I feel this is really a key part of GRDC’s business, and with my farming background, as well as my time serving on both the southern and northern panels I not only understand how the GRDC works, but also have an insight into growers’ needs.

“I’m looking forward to many opportunities of bringing this understanding to and travelling around our region as panel chair, hearing from growers and researchers and being able to communicate their research needs and priorities back to the GRDC.”

Mr Minogue was selected for the role as a proven strong leader, and he will be supported by an effective and diverse team in the northern panel.

The GRDC’s three regional panels are a key strength of the organisation, playing an important advisory and strategic role in GRDC investments.

The regional panels help to ensure that the GRDC investment plan responds to the regional and national priorities of grain growers and the Australian Government, and is aligned with the GRDC’s corporate strategies.

“The GRDC northern regional panel is designed to be the conduit of information and insights between the grass-roots industry and the GRDC,” Mr Minogue said.

“It plays an important advisory and strategic role in GRDC investments across the research, development and extension (RD&E) spectrum, so it is really worth getting to know your local panel member.

“The strategic location of panel members ensures that the needs of all growers within the geographic spread of the north are covered and looked after, with local research and extension being a key tenet of the GRDC’s strategic plan.”

Mr Minogue said the GRDC’s hub and spoke business model will allow for better informed research, as well as improved coordination of RD&E across the region.

“The regional network of R&D nodes at Emerald, Darling Downs and Goondiwindi in Queensland, and Narrabri, Tamworth, Trangie, Condobolin, Wagga Wagga and Yanco in NSW vastly increases the scope and resourcing for R&D projects.

“Each node has a combination of research agronomists and technical staff and the necessary equipment to conduct detailed trials, which vastly increases the scope and resourcing for R&D projects.

“With the panel also sourcing investment and research priorities through channels including GRDC Grower Solutions groups, grains research updates, industry meetings, field days, panel tours and ongoing discussions with researchers and growers, the GRDC’s reach is greatly improved.

“This in turn, improves our return on investment to growers, so I am very excited to be chair at this dynamic time,” he said.

As well as his time with the GRDC, Mr Minogue has been named the Central West Conservation Farmer of the Year and has served as a board member of the Lachlan Catchment Management Authority.

From Barmedman, New South Wales, he has a 2000 hectare mixed farming and broadacre cropping operation, as well as runs a consulting firm in West Wyalong, providing agronomy advice to local farmers.