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National Grains Industry Reporter
Gregor Heard is Fairfax Ag Media's national grains industry reporter, based in Horsham, Victoria. He has a wealth of knowledge surrounding the cropping sector through his ten years in the role. Prior to that he was with the Fairfax network as a reporter with Stock & Land. Some of the major issues he has reported on during his time with the company include the deregulation of the export wheat market, the introduction of genetically modified crops and the fight to protect growers better from grain trader insolvencies. Still involved with the family farm he is passionate about rural Australia and its people and hopes to use his role to act as an advocate for those involved in the grain sector. Away from work, he is a keen traveller, having spent his long service leave last year in Spain learning the language.
This year's below average winter rainfall in eastern Australia is part of a drying pattern over winter over the past 20 years.
A project improving the nutritional profile of staple crops such as rice, maize and cassava is kicking goals.
The drought and below average national wheat production is meaning other destinations are filling the gaps supplying wheat to SE Asia.
There is a big gap between the haves and have nots in terms of winter crop potential this year.
While the north is still in drought, the good potential in other areas mean livestock industries will be able to source sufficient grain.
The next Weed Smart event will be held in Horsham, where people can learn more about the six tactics to stop problem weeds.
A northwest Victorian school continues to operate in limbo, with no further funding for half-finished projects.
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