Innovative Australian Grain Growers Win the Grains Research and Development Corporation’s Competition
NSW, Australia (News4us.com) December 20, 2010
New South Wales grain grower, Anne Williams from Coonamble, will represent her peers when she and two other Australian grain growers embark on an overseas study tour next year as the winners of the Grains Research and Development Corporation’s (GRDC) The Way We Were competition.
The Way We Were initiative was established to recognise the contribution industry-funded research and development has made to advance the Australian grains industry over the past 20 years.
The winning growers, one from each GRDC region, have revolutionised their farming systems by improving farming practices, grain varieties and products to increase productivity, sustainability and viability.
Anne will be joined by Tony White from Miling in Western Australia and Craig Reynolds from Congupna in Victoria on an international study tour to some of the world’s leading grains research facilities in 2011.
GRDC chairman Keith Perrett says the competition underlined the fact that Australian growers are truly at the forefront of global grain production.
“I know my farming operation has changed dramatically for the better over the past 20 years and it was pleasing to see this progress reflected across the country through the entries we received,” Mr Perrett said.
“The Way We Were competition attracted entries from growers all over Australia and the selection panel found it difficult to select a winner from each GRDC region because of the extremely high quality of entries.
“I thank all the growers who took the time to think about how GRDC investment has impacted on their farms, and especially those growers who took the next step and entered the competition.
“I congratulate the winners on their innovative farming systems and look forward to hearing about the knowledge they gain from their study tour to the centres of excellence for global grain research and development.”
The three winners of The Way We Were Competition will visit leading centres for agricultural research in:
• Syria: International Centre for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas
• Russia: Vavilov Institute
• Mexico: International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre
• USA: Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research
Participants will be conveying their learnings to other Australian growers by completing a regular YouTube diary while overseas via the GRDC YouTube Channel. They will also share their stories and experiences online via grdc.com.au/waywewere.
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