GRDC and Glenn McGrath declare one week before stumps on Grain Inventors competition

Author: James Kaufman | Date: 19 Nov 2012

The year is rapidly closing and so too is the Grains Research and Development Corporation's Grain Inventors competition.

Australian grain inventors have just one week to submit their groundbreaking idea and place themselves in the running for $15,000 of support to get their concept up and running.

Australian Year of the Farmer ambassador Glenn McGrath is encouraging Australia's grain innovators to increase the pace and submit their ideas before 26 November.

“Aussie farmers are an inventive lot – put a challenge in front of them and they are quick to bowl it over,” he said.

“If you reckon you've got the next big thing in Australian grain growing innovation, the GRDC and Australian Year of the Farmer want to hear from you.

“Time is running out for our Aussie grain inventors, and if they don't submit their idea, it may never get off the ground.”

GRDC Chairman Keith Perrett has been excited by the entries he has seen to date, saying there is real potential for the entrants to generate increased efficiencies, profitability and productivity in the grains industry.

“I've been really impressed with the grain inventions I've seen so far, and without giving too much away, I can say that we've seen some ideas that could be „game changing' for broad acre farmers,” he said.

“We've seen everything from scientific and lab-based entries through to ideas for enhanced machinery and cropping solutions.”

Grain Inventors is open to anyone involved in the grains sector; from growers and agronomists, to researchers and PhD students.

The future looks bright for the Australian grains industry and it isn't too late to become a part of it. For more information and to submit your entry, go to graininventors.grdc.com.au before 26 November.

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