Welcome to the spring edition of the Innovator, it’s been a busy time at the Graham Centre engaging with our stakeholders and research partners.
The role of the Graham Centre in delivering industry relevant research and promoting discussion in our rural communities has been highlighted at recent events. Charles Sturt University (CSU) through the Graham Centre was pleased to host the Australian Society of Animal Production’s annual conference in July and it was pleasing to see the quality of research and thought provoking discussion presented at the event. We’ve also enjoyed the opportunity to meet with producers at the Centre’s annual livestock forums and the Agribusiness Today Forum in Parkes.
I’d like to take the opportunity to welcome Associate Professor Jane Heller as the new Chair of the Graham Centre Board. Jane takes on the role following the departure of Professor John Mawson. Our Research Pathway Leaders are working to develop strategic plans for their respective research pathways, aligning with the Centre’s strategic plan and red meat and grain industry strategic plans. As part of this process, we held a facilitated workshop with the Centre’s Industry Advisory Panel in June to explore the larger research and development landscape, the research opportunities and how the Centre can value add to its research portfolio.
We held a very productive workshop at the end of July with Professor David Lamb, Chief Scientist and Peter Loneragen, Innovation Broker of the Food Agility Cooperative Research Centre (CRC). They met with researchers and to explore project opportunities as part of the CRC.
After little rain during winter and forecasts of a hotter and drier spring producers across eastern Australia are facing drought conditions. I encourage you to take advantage of the assistance on offer and make the most of the information and resources available through the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI), Local Land Services (LLS) and through organisations like our farming systems group partners, to help you make decisions on-farm. Of course most importantly look after yourself and those around you.
Professor Michael Friend