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Background: At the GRFL meeting on 4th May 2012, a decision was made to conduct an external review of the 4 Queensland Grain Research Advisory Committees (RACs). The RACs were established in 1992 upon agreement by QGGA, QDPIF, CSIRO, Uni Qld and GRDC for the purpose of providing a ‘one stop’ grain industry forum for determining ‘priority issues’ for grain production and communicating these to research agencies.

GRFL Chairman's Report to the 2009 AGM.

Discusses the Centres of Excellence concept and includes the Lead, Participate and Link classification for various agricultural sectors.

Read Chinchilla grain grower Ronald Thompson's report on his 2006 Nuffield Australian Scholarship. His report on a 12 month international study tour across 15 countries contains key recommendations to mitigate the diminishing Australian rural workforce. Mr Thompson's recommendations are based around what he believes are workable solutions to this worsening labour problem. Mr Thompson is passionate about agriculture being a professional career for Australian farmers and service providers.

GRFL Chairman's Report to the 2007 AGM.

GRFL Chairman's Report to the 2008 AGM.

Founder of Carbon for Life Inc, Dr Christine Jones provides an excellent paper on the sequestration of atmospheric carbon in the soil and the launch of the first accrediated soil carbon trading scheme in the Southern Hemisphere

This BMP prepared in June 2006 by the Project Team of D J Rattray, D M Freebairn and NC Gurner of Department of Natural Resources and Mines describes a range of approaches to reduce the risk of agricultural chemicals leaving farms.

Discussion Paper circulated by DNR November 2005

CSIRO Plant Industry is undertaking innovative research aimed at overcoming some of the major production problems facing wheat growers in the northern region.This project is looking at wheat varieties from all over the world to find traits for resistance to fusarium (Crown Rot and Head Blight) and provide drought tolerance. Also attributes for wide rows are being examined.

Agforce Grains announced on 1st April 2006 that through its recently established EMS Taskforce it is collaboratively working on a pilot project in Central Queensland to develop a manual of Best Practices for CQ grain growers. It is planned that this BMP Manual will then be modified to suit all major northern region grain growing regions. Agforce Grains will be encouraging input from the RACs. The pilot project completion date is 30th June 2007.

This project, funded largely by Rural Industries Research Development Corporation (RIRDC) with some industry support evaluated 469 guar cultivars at Biloela and Roma. Guar had been researched in Queensland from the 1960s to the mid 1990s when world demand reduced. In more recent times guar demand has undergone sustained growth.India and Pakistan are the major suppliers. The QDPI&F project has identified 2 cultivars for release to replace existing commercial lines.

The Grains Council of Australia Ltd (GCAL), Australias peak grain grower representative body, has recently taken the initiative to develop a national Environmental Management Practice (EMP) reporting system. This system will utilise data already provided by grain growers to national agencies such as Australian Bureau of Statistics and Australian Bureau of Agricultural Resource and Economics. This system will differ from the traditional approach requiring individual property owners to maintain co

This is the Report on a Workshop recently arranged by QDPI&F to identify the quality attribute of feed grains for the intensive livestock industries and actions to enhanse the growth of the feed grain and livestock industries.

Report issued by GCA on its Australian Grains Industry Forum. Grains R&D was discussed during one of the Forum sessions, and the Report outlines five recommendations arising from that session.

This comprehensive study reports on the global economic and environmental impact of genetically modified crops since their first introduction in 1996. This is a cumulative analysis over the nine year period. Extract: The analysis shows that there have been substantial net economic benefits at the farm level amounting to a cumulative total of $27 billion . The technology has reduced pesticide spraying by 172 million kg and has reduced the environmental footprint associated with pesticide use by 1

This report outlines the major advances made by Australian grain growers over the past 25 years through the adoption of improved farming practices. These practices have both improved growers stewardship of the environment while substantially increasing productivity through the better utilization of the rainfall. This report clearly shows Australian grain growers commitment to achieving long term sustainability.

On the 8th September 2006 the Grains Research and Development Corporation called for tenders for 45 new research projects for the Australian grain industry commencing 2007-08. GRDC has announced that its investment in new and continuing research in 2007-08 wil be in excess of $120 Million.The GRDC Investment Plan 2007-08 provides detail on these 45 new initiatives.

The Grains Research Foundation Limited was incorporated on 7th December 2006. This is the constitution of the not for profit company.

Become a member of GRFL. GRFL is committed to working with all participants in the northern grains industry to improve long term viability. Our main focus is on research, development and extension (RDE) through better strategic planning, facilitation and coordination.

This Scientific Paper was published in the Agricultural Journal of Soil Research 2006. It gives some insight into soil biological communities and how cropping systems are impacting. This is a subject area strongly interesting growers as they strive for profitability and sustainability. The finding was that the soil biological status was generally poor.

The outlook for many agricultural commodity prices over the next 10 years appears high according to this recent Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the United Nations Food & Agriculture Organisation (FAO) report

Graeme Hammer, well known Queensland Agricultural Scientist in presenting his Keynote Paper to the recent 5th Australian Sorghum Conference proposes a way forward to satisfying the increasing demand for sorghum in the domestic livestock and ethanol markets. Prof Hammers concept is to establish crop canopy targets to ensure that crop water is available after flowering. This is carefully matching plant genetics (G) to management (M) and to the environment (E). By manipulating the leaf area index (

This ABARE Report says that the commercialisation of GM Canoal will have only negligible direct impact on the organic canola, livestock and honey industries. The Report also says that this conclusion does not extend to the potential impacts of the commercialisation of other GM crops.

The memberships of the 4 RACs are reselected every 3 years. The current term concludes at the end of 2009. From time to time "casual vacancies" can occur due to changing circumstances. People interested in being considered for RAC membership can lodge an application with the Foundation.

Research Development and Extension (RDE) in the Queensland grain industry has undergone substantial restructuring and refocusing since the early 1990s. These changes were brought about to eliminate unnecessary duplication, increase collaboration and cooperation, increase the emphasis on resource sustainability, be more strategic and to focus on the markets requirements for clean, green and safe grain based food products. At the same time grain growers substantially increased their financial cont

In March 2004, the Prime Minister of Australia launched the report Towards a Single Vision for the Australian Grain Industry 2005-2025. This report followed comprehensive consultation at the regional, national and international levels and was aimed at addressing the grain industrys current fragmentation and duplication. The report was commissioned by the Grains Council of Australia and funded by the Grains Research and Development Corporation. The report has received wide industry endorsement. A

This report has been prepared by the Grain Research Foundation based on information contained in the GRDC Investment Plan 2007-08. The report is a sample of new research projects of benefit to the northern region grain industry. GRDC has called for tenders to undertake this research in 2007-08.

In 2003 GRDC commissioned a review into the potential benefits and disadvantages of using fluid fertilisers for grain production, identify where benefits of using fluid fertilisers are likely to be significant,identify and describe barriers to using fluid fertilisers including steps to overcome barriers and finally make recommendations to GRDC for further action. This report was prepared by Horizon Rural Management.

This interesting and challanging report by the author on Environmental Management Systems (EMS) attempts to bring the reader up to date on where the grain and beef industries are on the implimentation of EMS and what they will and wont deliver to the farmer. The author concludes with his view that EMS will become an important tool for the purpose of public accountability and marketing.