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    GRAND OPENING: Grains Research and Development Corporation, GRDC, board chairman John Woods and grower relations manager Courtney Ramsey open the GRDC’s office in Horsham. It is the corporation’s first office in Victoria. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

Horsham home to first GRDC office

By Colin MacGillivray

Wimmera farmers will have in-person access to Grains Research and Development Corporation, GRDC, for the first time after the world-class grain research organisation opened its first Victorian office in Horsham.

The corporation now has an office at Horsham’s Grains Innovation Park at 110 Natimuk Road.

New office head and GRDC southern region grower relations manager Courtney Ramsey said the office would facilitate better communication between grain growers and the GRDC.

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She said Horsham was chosen as the site of GRDC’s first Victorian office because of its central location in the Wimmera grain-growing region.

“We’ve never had a bricks and mortar office in Victoria before, and we’ve recognised a need to have an on-the-ground presence here,” she said.

“In the spirit of regionalisation, we’re looking to service our growers here.

“The role is really about engaging with growers about what the issues, constraints and opportunities are that they see in their businesses, and helping to build business cases for research around that.

“The role is about two-way information flow, enabling people to ask questions and also provide feedback and responses from the organisation about that.”

Ms Ramsey said face-to-face contact with growers in the region would benefit everyone.

“Opening up an office in Horsham gives people an opportunity to come meet me in person,” she said.

“Also, if people want to show us something, we’re able to get around on the ground and actually see what’s going on.

“It’s about the ability to service and participate in all of the discussions and forums.

“It’s a one-woman show at the moment, and I’m really enjoying getting out and getting to know people.”

Ms Ramsey said people were welcome to call into the office with any questions or concerns.

“People are welcome to drop in at any time, but we’re also contactable via email and phone,” she said.

“My phone number is 0428 274 018 if people want to get in touch.”

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