The Irrigation Farmers Network (formerly Irrigated Cropping Council) is a farmer driven, not for profit, independent research organisation, committed to providing the latest research in irrigated grain production and connecting growers with local, state and national research and extension.
A commercially competitive and sustainable mixed farming and cropping sector that can confidently use best practice irrigation to respond flexibly and rapidly to market demands in an environmentally and socially responsible manner.
To improve the profitability and long-term viability of mixed farmers and croppers in the irrigation areas of northern Victoria and southern New South Wales, through practical research, development and extension that leads to best practice.
Our Trial Site
Research trials conducted at the site focus on all aspects of irrigated grain production including agronomy, irrigation scheduling, plant nutrition, crop diseases, weed and pest management and risk management.
Her experience has predominantly been in Communication and Change Management for IBM and more recently as Communication Manager for the Ricegrowers Association of Australia. Belinda's recent roles and experiences have enabled her to establish a network of contacts in the region that will further her ability to engage with Irrigated Cropping Farmers.
As a Knowledge Broker on the Australian Government's Future Drought Funded program- the Southern NSW Drought Resilience, Adoption and Innovation Hub, Belinda's role will also focus on engagement with farmers and communities to identify issues, ideas and opportunities to inform the Hub's project development and to assist in the uptake of those projects.
Our Directors are passionate advocates for profitable, sustainable irrigated cropping systems. Our Board is comprised of growers, industry and State Government Department representatives.
Married with a son studying Ag Science, Rob manages NSW sales territory as agronomist for multinational plant nutrition and soil health Co., Omnia Specialities Australia.
Maintaining Omnia’s wholesale business with his NSW customers, Rob focuses on irrigated row crop and horticulture from Liverpool Plains to the Murray River.
Days are shared between irrigated and dryland broadacre fields from slopes to the plains, to the tablelands & coastal fringe bounding in horticulture produce and dairying.
He has in-field experience since the 90’s in row crops such as cotton, corn, nuts, and grapes, along with broadacre cereals, rice, pulse crops, oilseeds, and pasture forages.
Rob’s passion is for better biological soil health, with a willingness to get out there and discuss nutrient management strategies with growers, agronomists, and consultants.
Gilly’s interests are his family, the Geelong Cats, travel, and socialising with either golf clubs or a fishing rod.
Graeme and his wife Michelle bought a farm between Boort and Kerang in 2006 and now grow processing tomatoes and maize on trickle irrigation during the Summer months and cereals, canola and some pulses during the winter months utilising border check flood irrigation and still share farms at Echuca with dry land crops.
400ha of flood and sprinkler irrigation. They use no-till production systems, continuously cropping cereals, oilseeds, pasture and
Dale attended Dookie Agricultural college where he learned more about his irrigated farming interest and background. Projects Dale has been involved in include both the double cropping project and the irrigation technology project that had a high utilisation of soil moisture monitoring equipment.
Dale is currently working on a project called risk management through soil moisture monitoring, where he co ordinates the moisture probe network for Victoria and data display for a greater understanding of the seasonal conditions.
Recently Dale has moved into more specialised areas including rural recovery work and is the Ag Vic representative for field assessments with plague locust responses.
Glenn has a bachelor of Applied Science (Agriculture) and a Graduate certificate in Rural Science (Agricultural consulting).
Glenn has been involved in the dairy industry helping farmers achieve better productivity and profitability outcomes on farm, for most of his working life. He sees the ICC is an important industry asset to both grain and dairy farmers, generating real solutions to challenges on farm.
Kimberley grew up on an irrigation property in the Deniliquin area that produces wool, prime lambs, and rice, and has completed a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Science from Charles Sturt University. Kimberley is currently share farming a small block with her siblings growing rice and wheat.
Become a sponsor
Our partners invest in our vision of a commercially competitive and sustainable mixed farming and cropping sector that uses best practice irrigation systems to respond to market demands in an environmentally and socially responsible manner.
Sponsors are able to partner with us to achieve this vision while increasing their businesses exposure through targeted opportunities to connect with growers and industry.
Sponsorship packages are available, for more information please contact our Executive Officer Charlie Aves on 0416 400 979