Certified seed growers, seed cleaners, commercial seed suppliers, researchers, agronomist advisors and grower organisation representatives have united to develop a new RD&E Plan for the certified temperate pasture seeds industry.
The RD&E Plan outlines the AgriFutures™ Pasture Seeds Program’s RD&E objectives for the next five years, with a strong emphasis on increasing the profitability of temperate pasture seed production.
AgriFutures Australia’s Pasture Seeds Program Panel Chair, Lisa Anderson, said the RD&E Plan addresses industry needs and concerns and will be used as a guide for investment in future research projects.
“A key objective of the RD&E Plan is to improve production and processing efficiency for the industry. We will do this by investing in research which looks at variety-specific agronomy trials as well as investigating machinery innovations that will increase the ease, cost effectiveness, and reduce the environmental impacts of seed harvesting,” said Ms Anderson.
The new RD&E Plan will also have a renewed focus on extension activities aimed at connecting and engaging certified temperate pasture seed producers and industry partners.
“A key objective of the RD&E Plan is to improve connectivity and communication so that we can ensure our research is adopted by our pasture seeds growers. We want to motivate growers to adopt research findings which could bring positive economic, environmental or social benefits to their operations,” said Ms Anderson.
AgriFutures Australia Pasture Seeds Program Manager, Dr Melanie Bradley said it has been an exciting year for the AgriFutures™ Pasture Seeds Program, with the announcement of a new Advisory Panel and a number of innovative research projects in the pipeline.