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Study tours offer growers opportunity to broaden horizons

The aim of GRDC study tours is for the participants to develop networks, build relationships in both the consultant and research spheres and acquire new knowledge. Photo by GRDC.

The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) is offering funding support for groups of growers and their advisers interested in undertaking study tours on key issues facing the grains industry.

Available through the GRDC Grower Development Program, applications for the domestic and international study tours will be received by the GRDC until Tuesday, October 9 2018.

Lucy Broad, general manager of the GRDC’s grower communications and extension group, said the tours would provide growers and advisers with the opportunity to gain new knowledge, learn new skills, build relationships or explore grain research investments.

“Successful applications will demonstrate a clear learning objective or research question that, if addressed, will drive practice change on-farm,” Ms Broad said.

“Applications must include an effective communication plan to extend learning outcomes to their wider grain growing community.

“The communication plan may include the use of social media, development of newsletters, articles, grower group presentations or other extension methods.”

The GRDC is supporting up to six domestic study tours for groups from each of the GRDC’s western, southern and northern cropping regions – not exceeding $15,000 (excluding GST) per application.

It is also supporting up to one international study tour for each of the GRDC’s regions – up to $30,000 (excluding GST) per application.

“The aim of the tours is for the participants to develop networks, build relationships in both the consultant and research spheres and acquire new knowledge to generate ideas and continually improve Australian cropping systems,” Ms Broad said.

“Groups are encouraged to visit relevant research projects, centres of excellence, farming systems groups or similar.

“Applicants should demonstrate how their proposed visit will support GRDC’s purpose of investing in research, development and extension (RD&E) to create enduring profitability for Australian grain growers and how it fits within GRDC’s RD&E Plan 2018-2023.”

Ms Broad said applications were unlikely to be supported if more than 50 per cent of the total investment was sought from GRDC.

She said groups with a minimum of five Australian grain growers, who may be accompanied by an agronomic adviser, were eligible for the study tours.

For more information, visit the GRDC website at http://bit.ly/2p1ppMU or contact GRDC’s Jessie MacLean (02 6166 4500 or Jessie.MacLean@grdc.com.au) or Tegan Slade (07 4571 4801 or Tegan.Slade@grdc.com.au).

Source: GRDC

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