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Catalogue: Nuffield Scholar Reports
In particular I believe state and national agricultural lobby groups would benefit from the recommendations as they do much of the work in promoting agriculture in Australia and inevitably are used as media sources by agricultural and non agricultural journalists alike... Sir Gill says short answers of 20-25 seconds are effective, which I believe is an excellent technique when being interviewed by news journalists as it fits the "grab" length they would want for their bulletins... Rather than use the report to outline some of the traditional methods used by PR professionals such as holding press conferences and writing releases, I will instead look at some of the other approaches around the world to deliver the message of agriculture to the public...
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Catalogue: Ground Cover
Mount Zero co-owner Richard Seymour says the company "looks at integrity, quality and flavour rather than ease of production"... In addition to farro, which Richard says the Italians also colloquially call 'spelt', the Mount Zero stable includes quinoa (grown by Kindred Organics), lentils and chickpeas for niche consumer and restaurant markets... The company sources up to 15t of farro each year from grower Damien Maher, from Warracknabeal, Victoria, who made the transition to biodynamic farming in 1988 and planted the ancient grain seven years ago "because it predates superphosphate and chemicals, and is tougher than other grains"...
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Catalogue: Ground Cover
Northern New South Wales grain grower and company director Richard Clark has been appointed as the new GRDC chair, replacing Gunnedah grower Keith Perrett... In partnership with his wife Barbara, Mr Clark runs a 1340-hectare grain enterprise at Tulloona where the focus is on summer and winter cereals, pulses and oilseeds... A graduate of the Orange Agricultural College, and a fellow and graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Mr Clark has considerable experience as a chair and director of companies in the agricultural sector...
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Catalogue: Nuffield Scholar Reports
4. There is a need for strong leadership amongst dairy farmers, advocacy bodies and companies to ensure they think outside the square to meet the future challenges and opportunities... The theory suggests that the co-operative can serve the members' interests by taking produce to markets and extracting a better price from the market place than its competitors due to economies of scale... The model should be structured to extract the best farm gate returns for its members and also have the processing capacity to achieve the right balance of products to return a competitive dividend...
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Catalogue: Ground Cover
Pulse growers give a business heart.. Helen Ward contemplates the future 'I am proud that after 160 years we are still here' - By Melissa Branagh-McConachy It is no coincidence that the history of iconic food company Ward McKenzie Pty Ltd chronicles that of the Australian grains industry - a tale of diversification, rationalisation and innovation... In addition to product quality, the company's longevity has a lot to do with its flat management structure; the directors are hands-on workers in the business, which also positions them to be able to make decisions quickly, Helen says...
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Catalogue: Ground Cover
When Philp Brodie Grains faced potential traffic disruptions from a new neighbour - a Bunnings hardware store - the company reluctantly decided it would have to move... As well as its grain merchant and seed specialist business, Philp Brodie housed a grading and milling operation, Maralong Milling, owned by Philp Brodie directors John Philp and Peter Brodie and local milling stalwarts Ron Plant and Geoff Arthy... As a small producer of soybeans (and mungbeans), Australia's crop is a niche production, which is why the directors say keeping soybeans GM-free is important to their business...
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Catalogue: Ground Cover
If graingrower, "opportunistic seller and micro-marketer" Mark Schilling could impart one gem of knowledge to other farmers it would be to invest in on-farm storage... Northern Yorke Processing is owned by five shareholders and adds value by cleaning and packing grain, while performing all the logistical operations necessary to market grains overseas... Northern Yorke International has three shareholders and markets its own grain. "..
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Catalogue: Ground Cover
The GRDC and the University of South Australia (UniSA) have announced plans to further develop the Harrington Seed Destructor (HSD) technology to integrate the process into the harvester itself... Mr Meibusch says the HSD technology may prove to be one of the most important investments made by the GRDC in weed control... The prototype showed potential both the the GRDC and UniSA say there is still work to be done...
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Catalogue: GRDC Final Reports
It should be noted that these trials are not intended to substitute for commercial testing and are quite limited in their nature and insufficient to allow the companies to directly identify hybrid combinations... Each year the seed companies provide DPI&F with reports outlining the use they have made of germplasm in breeding and the sales of hybrids that contain DPI&F germplasm which is used to calculate royalty payments... The list will not identify particular line numbers but will detail the year a cross was made, the pedigrees of the lines and the reason the particular cross was made (e.g. ergot resistance) and the number of these lines that are active both in Australia and internationally...
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Catalogue: GRDC Media
Monheim, June 2, 2015 - Bayer CropScience and the Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC) based in Australia have signed a five-year agreement to join forces to establish the Herbicide Innovation Partnership for the discovery and development of innovative weed management solutions... The major aim is to provide growers with new technologies to manage resistant weeds and support the sustainability of modern crop production systems... The Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC) is one of the world's leading grains research organisations, responsible for planning, investing in and overseeing RD&E to deliver improvements in production, sustainability and profitability across the Australian grains industry...
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