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Rice Industry Field Day showcases rice technology and productivity

The 2017 Rice Industry Field Day will bring together close to 400 growers, industry representatives and researchers on Thursday 9 March 2017 at ‘Old Coree’, Jerilderie, to showcase the latest in rice research and development as part of the International Temperate Rice Conference (ITRC).

Organised by the Rice Extension team, the Rice Industry Field Day is an opportunity to see the latest rice R&D in action and learn how it can be applied on farms, as well as explore agricultural trends and share new perspectives.

Funded by the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC), Rice Extension connects growers to research, the latest technologies and best management practice in the rice industry.

RIRDC Program Manager, Michael Beer said the Field Day brings the RIRDC Rice Program to life, highlighting the importance of RD&E investment.

“The Rice Program aims to improve the productivity and sustainability of the Australian rice industry and is delivering significant outcomes for industry and stakeholders. Of particular note is our recent evaluation of the Rice Program which found investment in RD&E delivered a cost-benefit ratio lying between 6.6 and 7.6 – an impressive result for any industry,” said Mr Beer.

The Field Day program includes speaker sessions from SunRice and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), and the choice of attending either a Field Site walking tour or Business and Innovation session at the Old Coree Homestead.

Rice Extension Coordinator, Gae Plunkett said the Field Day program further cements the ITRC theme, Tradition, Technology, Productivity – A Balancing Act.

“For growers, the Field Day is a fantastic opportunity to discuss the latest issues and trends in rice growing, as well as network with growers, industry professionals and researchers on a local and international level,” said Ms Plunkett.

“We are expecting strong interest from local industry and growers, particularly in the practical sessions focused on improving on farm production and profit. The Business and Innovation session is an exciting and thought provoking addition to the program that will explore new trends and challenge traditional thinking when it comes to agricultural business practices.”

Event details:
2017 Rice Industry Field Day (free event)
9:00am, Thursday 9 March 2017
‘Old Coree’, Conargo Rd, 18.5km west of Jerilderie

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