GrainGrow­ers an­nounces win­ners for 2018 Wheat Dis­cov­ery Tour

North East & Goulburn Murray Farmer - - NEWS -

SEVEN lucky grain farm­ers, in­clud­ing one from Yar­ra­wonga, re­cently trav­elled to Syd­ney to cel­e­brate Na­tional Agri­cul­ture Day after they were an­nounced as the GrainGrow­ers’ 2018 Wheat Dis­cov­ery Tour win­ners.

Com­ing to­gether for the chance to learn more about what their end cus­tomers want from Aus­tralian wheat, GrainGrow­ers chief ex­ecu said the win­ners of­fered a wide range of rea­sons in their com­pe­ti­tion en­tries for be­ing keen to take part.

“These in­cluded want­ing to learn all as­pects of the grain in­dus­try to be ready to take over the fam­ily farm, build new mar­kets in value added prod­ucts, know what millers want from hard wheat, look at ver­ti­cal in­te­gra­tion op­por­tu­ni­ties and learn how to pro­duce the func­tion­al­ity of wheat re­quired by qual­ity

“We were de­lighted with the high stan­dard of en­tries.

“It is clear that as busi­ness peo­ple, grain farm­ers are very fo­cused on in­ves­ti­gat­ing the pos­si­ble op­por­tu­ni­ties to im­prove their re­turns for the ef­fort and in­vest­ment they put into grow­ing grain. The win­ners were:

Tim Hayes, V & HA Hayes Pty Ltd - West­ern Aus­tralia;

So­phie Bradley, Wool-ARoo Pty Ltd – Queens­land;

Pa­tri­cia Schober, BS & South Aus­tralia;

Agribusi­ness - South Aus­tralia;

New South Wales;

Libby Dowl­ing, Dowl­ing Broth­ers Yar­ra­wonga – Vic­to­ria.

one day work­shop was a dis­til­la­tion of a longer work­shop which is reg­u­larly of­fered to se­nior grain traders, food man­u­fac­tur­ers, wheat breed in­dus­try.

“We hope that the grow­ers who par­tic­i­pate will spread the word among their neigh­bours and col­leagues of the value of tak­ing this course in or­der to un­der­stand more about their cus­tomers for who they can #Grow­forGood - the theme of this year’s Na

The one-day work­shop was be held at the Aus­tralian Ex­port Grains In­no­va­tion Cen­tre (AEGIC) in North Ryde, Syd­ney, and was fol­lowed by a din­ner hosted by GrainGrow­ers to give the grow­ers a chance to net­work with GrainGrow­ers and AEGIC wheat qual­ity and mar­ket ex­perts.

ON TOUR: Yar­ra­wonga farmer, Libby Dowl­ing, re­cently trav­elled to Syd­ney as part of the 2018 GrainGrow­ers Wheat Dis­cov­ery Tour.

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