WA Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan opened a new Agricultural Education and Research facility at Dalwallinu to support the northern agricultural region’s $800 million grains industry.
Construction of the purpose-built research hub was part-funded by the WA Government, with $200,000 awarded to the Liebe Group through the Wheatbelt Regional Grants Scheme.
The Liebe grower group was established by a small group of progressive farmers in 1997 to focus grains research and development on the specific needs of the northern agricultural region.
The group supports about 100 farm businesses across one million hectares, and has been highly successful in informing and supporting farmers to adopt the latest advancements in grains research.
The new research and education facility will provide current office accommodation for 11 staff with capacity to expand, leased office space, a boardroom, a large meeting and training room, a research workshop and a future laboratory.
It will provide for a collaborative space for organisations interested in undertaking research and development or extension activity, including the WA Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Wheatbelt Development Commission, The University of Western Australia, Curtin University and CSIRO.
Source: WA Government