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New web site to harvest grains industry information.



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New web site to harvest grains industry information

The grains industry’s contribution to Australia can now be accessed in one convenient location with the launch today of a new web site.

Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry Sussan Ley launched the web site, the Grains Industry Profile, at Grains Week in Canberra.

“The Grains Industry Profile is an evolving, interactive web site that gauges how the grains industry is performing against a range of environmental, economic and social outcomes, such as water quality, exports and employment,” Ms Ley said.

“Users can log on to the web site and get a complete picture of how the industry contributes to our total quality of life.

“The web site is also intended to inform and stimulate discussion about the grains industry, and evolve through feed back from users.

“The grains industry is going through a period of rapid change. Understanding its full range of contributions is vital for government and industry policy makers to identify challenges and opportunities.”.

The Bureau of Rural Sciences (BRS) developed the Grains Industry Profile with the Grains R&D Corporation, the Grains Council of Australia and the National Land & Water Resources Audit (NLWRA).

The Grains Industry Profile is the first major demonstration product of Signposts for Australian Agriculture, a partnership between the rural research and development corporations, governments and NLWRA.

This is the first of four agricultural industries that will be profiled under the Signposts partnership.

“The Grains Industry Profile is leading the way in the collection and presentation of information on our important primary industries,” Ms Ley said.

The Grains Industry Profile is available online at www.brs.gov.au/signposts-grains

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Kylie Paulsen BRS Public Affairs Manager 0438 630 491

[6 April 2006]