GGA is backing 12 month reserach plan

28 Aug, 2008 10:52 AM
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MORE than 70 farmers, researchers and farming organisation representatives were networking at the Grower Group Alliance (GGA) annual forum at Perth Zoo this month.

This year, they and natural resource management professionals used the forum for critical feedback on three current and proposed research projects.

The forum produced a written commitment to advance each project with an action plan over the next 12 months.

One of the three projects was EverCrop, a five-year project to raise livestock and crop enterprise profits by increasing the use and performance of perennials in mixed farming systems.

Participating growers provided input into the type of activities that can be used to evaluate the pasture cropping concept.

The research and development team behind it are working with growers to determine if pasture cropping is a viable technology to integrate perennials into WA cropping systems.

The second project under discussion concerns a climate adaptation program.

It aims to provide scope and analysis of transformational productive land uses for wheat and sheep farms in WA, to promote reliable farm income, greater ground cover and efficient use of rainfall, labour and capital.

The third focusses on grain growers participating in on-farm energy production.

GGA co-ordinator Tracey Gianatti said the topics were selected because they were examples of important research that grower groups could still influence.

She said the EverCrop project was already funded which meant work could start immediately, but its activities could still be altered slightly.

The climate adaptation program project was not yet funded but had a better chance of gaining funding if growers had input to it, she said.

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