Grains Research Foundation
The Grains Research Foundation aims to engage Queensland Grain Growers in developing the Northern Grains Industry by encouraging participation in research, development and extension priority setting.
The Foundation is particularly focused on achieving its objectives through the investment in youth, evident through its 'From One Grain Project'. The project aims to develop the industry involvement of the younger set of Queensland grain growers through Social Media to encourage their participation in the Research Advisory Committees. An annual study tour for Queensland grain growers also exposes them to how research identification, prioritisation and funding occurs overseas to allow them to better understand the direction needed for the future of the Australian grains industry.
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**Globalising Growers Tour Applications open until 18th May**
The final call is on for Queensland grain growers to apply for the Grains Research Foundation Limited's (GRFL) 2018 Globalising Growers Study Tour to the USA.
Now in its fourth year, GRFL's annual tour is an opportunity for younger Queensland grain farmers to experience some of the latest information coming out of the USA. Tour visits include viewing the latest in sorghum research, new technology developments, bridging the farm to consumer gap as well as meeting fellow farmers to allow for continued conversations and learning once the tour is finished. The tour group departs for the US on Sunday 29th July and returns Monday 13th August.
Previous tour participants have highlighted the need for certain sorghum traits to be more closely looked at for use in the Australian market. Some have gone on to take on board positions within the Australian grains industry, identified the need for new crop genetics to be made available to Australian grain growers and taken action to make those genetics available.
Tamara Uebergang was part of the 2017 tour and joined the GRFL board at their December 2017 AGM. "The US Tour was a fantastic opportunity to visit farms you only read about, as well as meet farmers to only really know through Twitter. We visited a variety of operations and experienced a good dose of 'Southern Hospitality'. Two weeks of sharing ideas and swapping stories of success and failure with other growers was invaluable. In supporting this tour, the Grains Research Foundation have been enormously generous. I was happy to join the board to support more growers in benefitting from the experience", said Ms Uebergang.
Last applications must be received by COB Friday 18th May.
Grains Research Foundation 'Globalising Growers' 2015 US Study Tour Report
The Grains Research Foundation has released its report into the 2015 'Globalising Growers' US Tour. The tour took place in August 2015 and was attended by 12 farmers and advisors from Queensland. One major research area identified on the tour was the need for cold tolerant sorghum to allow earlier planting of sorghum when there is a rainfall event early in the season.
You can read all about the tour in the report, from itinerary to observations from the learning objectives. Thanks must go to the Grains Research & Development Corporation for funding the 2015 tour.
If you are interested in the 2018 tour, please register your interest to Executive Officer - Meg Kummerow at firstname.lastname@example.org.