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GRDC seeks Regional Panel members

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16 March 2023, AU: Are you a grain grower, agronomist, researcher or agricultural industry stakeholder keen to play a pivotal role ensuring Australian grains research is delivering for the sector today and into the future?

The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) is a world leading grains research organisation, responsible for planning, investing in and overseeing research, development and extension (RD&E) to create enduring profitability for Australian grain growers.

As an organisation, GRDC will invest between $180 and $200 million on behalf of grain growers this financial year to drive the discovery, development and delivery of cutting-edge innovation to the Australian grains sector and the wider economy. GRDC’s RD&E investment portfolio includes more than 650 investments spanning pests, weeds, diseases, agronomy and farming systems through to genetics and new technology.

Applications are currently open for positions on GRDC’s three regional panels: northern (Queensland and New South Wales), southern (South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria) and western (Western Australia).

Regional panels provide a vital link between the broader grains sector and GRDC, and help to identify, prioritise and support RD&E investments that address regional constraints and opportunities impacting on-farm profitability.

GRDC Managing Director Nigel Hart says the regional panel system played a pivotal role in ensuring GRDC invested in research that delivered for growers today and into the future.

“Our purpose is to invest in RD&E that contributes to the enduring profitability of Australian grain growers,” Mr Hart says.

“The regional panels have an important role engaging with and listening to growers, advisers, researchers and industry stakeholders to understand the constraints and opportunities that are influencing farm returns, and bringing that information back to GRDC.

“We are seeking regional panel members with strong connections within the grains sector, an in-depth understanding of the industry and the willingness and time to make a difference when it comes to contributing to Australian RD&E.”

Mr Hart says diversity within the panels was integral to the system’s success, so each was comprised of grain growers, advisers, researchers, plant breeders, supply chain leaders and other industry experts, along with GRDC executive managers.

“We want broad minded, innovative applicants with a strong record of collaboration, in particular working with grain growers to understand their production challenges and opportunities, and the ability to communicate effectively.”

GRDC Northern Panel member Georgina Pengilley says being involved on a regional panel required a time commitment and knowledge of the grains industry, but the experience and professional development gained was invaluable.

“Being on the panel has given me the opportunity to engage with some of Australia’s most respected researchers, along with some of the industry’s most progressive growers and agronomists,” Dr Pengilley says.

“From an industry perspective it has given me a chance to play a role in working with my fellow panel members and GRDC staff to help ensure grower levies are directed into RD&E that has a meaningful and profitable impact on-farm.

“Being a panel member is a position of privilege – you are a representative of your industry and your peers and have influence through advising on the direction of investment in RD&E to generate solutions on their behalf, which is incredibly satisfying.

“From a professional perspective it has also allowed me an opportunity to develop and refine my engagement and communication skills, as well as my networks.”

Applications for the GRDC Regional Panel positions close on April 13, 2023. Successful applicants will start the part-time positions from September 1 and appointments will be for two years.

If you are interested and would like to find out more about the regional panels, you can go to the GRDC Panels page. For specific details about the position criteria and applications go to the GRDC Careers page or email

To watch a video explaining the role of GRDC Regional Panels go to our YouTube channel or listen to a new GRDC podcast episode about the role of regional panels.

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