Be in the run­ning for grains study tours

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The Grains Re­search and De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion 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.

GRDC’s grower com­mu­ni­ca­tions and ex­ten­sion group gen­eral man­ager Lucy Broad 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,’’ she 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 per ap­pli­ca­tion.

It is also sup­port­ing one in­ter­na­tional study tour for each of the GRDC’s re­gions — up to $30 000 per ap­pli­ca­tion. ■ For more in­for­ma­tion, visit: http:// bit.ly/2p1p­pMU or phone Jessie MacLean on (02) 6166 4500 or email: Jessie.MacLean@grdc.com.au or phone Te­gan Slade on (07) 4571 4801 or email: Te­gan.Slade@grdc.com.au

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