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Strategic Research & Development Plan 2012-17

Vision

A profitable and sustainable Australian grains industry, valued by the wider community.

Mission

Create value by driving the discovery, development and delivery of world-class innovation in the Australian grains industry.

Values

We are committed and passionate about the Australian grains industry.

We value creativity and innovation.

We build strong relationships and partnerships based on mutual trust and respect.

We act ethically and with integrity.

We are transparent and accountable to our stakeholders.

The GRDC

The Grains Research and 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.

The GRDC’s primary objective is to drive the discovery, development and delivery of world-class innovation to enhance the productivity, profitability and sustainability of Australian grain growers and benefit the industry and the wider community.



Relationships between PIERD Act objectives, government and industry priorities, GRDC RD&E investment themes and strategies, and the GRDC outcome and vision

Government and industry objectives Australian Government priorities Industry priorities
Primary Industries and Energy Research and Development Act 1989 National Research Priorities Rural R&D Priorities Grains Industry National RD&E Strategy Industry Priorities
Increased economic, environmental and social benefits to members of primary industries and to the community in general by improving the production, processing, storage, transport or marketing of grain

Sustainable use and management of natural resources

More effective use of the resources and skills of the community in general and the scientific community in particular

Improved accountability for expenditure on R&D activities
An environmentally sustainable Australia

Promote and maintain good health

Frontier technologies for building and transforming Australian industries

Safeguard Australia
Productivity and adding value

Supply chain and markets

Climate variability and climate change

Biosecurity

Innovation skills

Technology
Improved processes to build on existing national collaboration

Effective relationship models for private-public coexistence

National research programs, national centres of research capacity and regional networks of applied RD&E under the ‘major-support-link’ framework

National capability planning for human and physical infrastructure

Better and ongoing alignment of stakeholder priorities and RD&E resource allocation
Meeting market requirements

Improving crop yield

Protecting your crop

Advancing profitable farming systems

Improving your farm resource base

Building skills and capacity
GRDC RD&E investment themes 1 Meeting market requirements 2 Improving crop yield 3 Protecting your crop 4 Advancing profitable farming systems 5 Improving your farm resource base 6 Building skills and capacity
Intermediate outcomes

(5 years)
  • Understanding market opportunities for Australian grain.
  • Crop and variety selection aligned with market requirements.
  • Crop production aligned with market requirements.
  • Grain harvest and storage practices aligned with market requirements.
  • Genetic yield potential and stability improvement of cereal varieties.
  • Genetic yield potential and stability improvement of pulse varieties.
  • Genetic yield potential and stability improvement of canola varieties.
  • Effective, sustainable and efficient management of weeds.
  • Effective, sustainable and efficient management of vertebrate and invertebrate pests.
  • Effective, sustainable and efficient management of cereal rusts.
  • Effective, sustainable and efficient management of cereal (non-rust), pulse and oilseed fungal pathogens.
  • Effective, sustainable and efficient management of nematodes.
  • Effective, sustainable and efficient management of viruses and bacteria.
  • Biosecurity and pesticide stewardship.
  • Knowing what is important (key business drivers).
  • Responding strategically (building system benefits and rotations).
  • Responding tactically (individual crop agronomy).
  • Understanding and adapting to climate variability.
  • Improving soil health.
  • Managing water use on dryland and irrigated grain farms.
  • Understanding and valuing biodiversity.
  • Communication of sustainable production methods.
  • Grains industry leadership and communication.
  • Capacity building in the extension sector.
  • Capacity building in the R&D sector.
  • Capacity building for grain growers.
Aspirational outcomes

(10+ years)
Australian grain growers maintain and increase access to current and future grain markets by aligning on-farm production practices with quality and functionality requirements. Cereal, pulse and oilseed varieties with significant, sustained and stable improvements in water-limited yield potential over current elite varieties in key agroecological zones and across a range of seasons. Australian grain growers managing their farms to maximise profit and reduce risk by adopting effective control of weeds, pests and diseases. Australian grain growers managing farming systems that are able to respond and adapt to changing environment and market conditions to reduce risk and deliver an increase in profitability. Grain growers valued for adopting practices that improve regional habitat, soil, water and atmosphere resources in a changing climate. A dynamic Australian grains industry with the skills and capacity to continuously innovate.
GRDC corporate strategies Create value Coordinate nationally Deliver regionally Connect globally Engage with growers and industry
GRDC Outcome Australian grain growers utilising new information and products that enhance the productivity, profitability and sustainability of growers and benefit the grains industry and wider community.
GRDC Vision A profitable and sustainable Australian grains industry, valued by the wider community.
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