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Grain growers debate drought recovery

Agriculture experts are meeting today in Bendigo, in central Victoria, Australia, to discuss ways to help grain producers recover from the drought.

The Grains Research and Development Corporation says grain production in Victoria has fallen by 76% over the past year.

The conference aims to advise farmers on new technologies, more drought-tolerant grain types and better management practices.
The corporation's David Shannon says farmers face an uncertain future and need to adapt quickly to extreme conditions.
"Most of them say, 'yes, well, last year was a rotten year but, hey, look, we've got the opportunity to really capture something here after that' and that's what today is all about trying to give them some clues on how to make those crucial decisions to capturing the recovery," he said.

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