GRDC of­fer­ing sup­port to or­gan­i­sa­tions

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The Grains Re­search and De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (GRDC) is con­tin­u­ing to sup­port or­gan­i­sa­tions which con­duct con­fer­ences that di­rectly ben­e­fit the Aus­tralian grains in­dus­try.

The GRDC of­fers two rounds of fund­ing an­nu­ally – July and Jan­uary – to as­sist nu­mer­ous and var­ied or­gan­i­sa­tions which aim to in­form and up-skill grains in­dus­try stake­hold­ers.

This year’s ap­pli­ca­tions for sup­port through the next round of fund­ing close on Tues­day, July 31.

GRDC Head of Cor­po­rate Af­fairs, Kylie Dun­stan, said the GRDC has sup­ported a broad range of events, in­clud­ing pre­ci­sion agri­cul­ture sym­po­siums, fer­tiliser and milling fo­rums, sus­tain­able food sum­mits and ce­real chem­istry con­fer­ences over a num­ber of years.

“The GRDC recog­nises that ca­pac­ity build­ing through con­fer­ence sup­port fund­ing is a long-term in­vest­ment in the grains in­dus­try’s most im­por­tant as­set – its peo­ple,” Ms Dun­stan said.

“Con­fer­ences are run by pas­sion­ate peo­ple dedicated to im­prov­ing the knowl­edge base and up­take of in­for­ma­tion right across the agri­cul­tural land­scape, and it’s re­ward­ing as an or­gan­i­sa­tion to be able to sup­port the peo­ple who de­liver that value ul­ti­mately to grow­ers.”

Ms Dun­stan be­lieves ac­tive grass­roots en­gage­ment through con­fer­ences is one of the key con­duits of in­for­ma­tion flow be­tween re­searchers, ser­vice providers, ad­vis­ers and grow­ers.

“Ex­po­sure to new ideas and ready ac­cess to ex­perts though tar­geted events are pow­er­ful in­flu­encers of prac­tice change, and align well with GRDC’s mis­sion state­ment of in­vest­ing in re­search, de­vel­op­ment and ex­ten­sion to drive en­dur­ing prof­itabil­ity for Aus­tralian grain grow­ers,” she said.

Sup­port is be­ing of­fered for con­fer­ences that are held in Aus­tralia and overseas, pro­vided they can demon­strate value to the Aus­tralian grains in­dus­try.

Or­gan­i­sa­tions ap­ply­ing for sup­port must in­tend to hold the con­fer­ence or event no less than eight weeks and no more than two years from the date of close of ap­pli­ca­tions.

Con­fer­ence sup­port ap­pli­cants have un­til 5pm AEST on July 31 to sub­mit ap­pli­ca­tions to the GRDC.

More in­for­ma­tion about the GRDC’s con­fer­ence and event sup­port pro­gram can be found at goo.gl/Yv7SdK.

Ap­pli­ca­tions must sub­mit­ted elec­tron­i­cally through the GRDC’s Grains In­vest­ment Por­tal at https://ac­cess.grdc.com.au.

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