Are you a grower who wants to be an inventor?
Author: Toni Somes | Date: 02 Sep 2019
On-farm inventors have long been designing and developing innovative solutions for paddock problems, but the journey from concept to commercialisation has generally been a complex one.
Now, the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) is offering grain growers access to workshops which explore how they can take their home-grown innovations to the next level.
The ‘Growers as Innovators’ workshops, to be delivered by Farmers2Founders (F2F), aims to provide them with the advice and impetus they need to progress their ideas. A free workshop for growers and others involved in the agricultural industry will be held in Moree, New South Wales, on September 20 from 10am-3pm at the Moree Services Club.
The half-day workshop is open to anyone keen to learn more about innovation in agriculture or with an idea for a new product. It offers an opportunity to:
- Learn and share ideas for new products and technologies
- Get support to get started with your idea or take it to the next level
- Discuss what is and isn’t working in ‘agtech’ and what you can do about it
- Hear about opportunities to access emerging technologies.
GRDC Commercialisation Manager – North, Chris Murphy said the workshops recognised the role growers regularly played in overcoming on-farm challenges.
“We know growers have a wealth of practical knowledge and are regularly designing or developing solutions to problems they encounter in the paddock,” Mr Murphy said.
“The ‘Growers as Innovators’ workshops are about engaging with and supporting growers to develop and advance their ideas.”
Mr Murphy said the GRDC was committed to supporting growers and valued their creative contribution to improving or combatting problems in the grains industry, hence its partnership with F2F.
F2F was established by innovation specialists Sarah Nolet, of AgThentic, and Christine Pitt, of FoodFutureCo. F2F is an innovation and entrepreneurship program tailored to grain growers and primary producers. It aims to support grain growers to benefit from, and participate in, the new wave of technologies entering agriculture
“F2F was built based on the belief that, if we are to solve the critical challenges facing our global food systems, we need more producers involved in agriculture and food technology,” Ms Nolet said.
“Start-ups present a transformational opportunity for the food and fibre industry, but right now too many solutions are being developed and pushed into the industry, rather than pulled in because they actually solve real problems. F2F flips this model on its head, placing producers at the centre of innovation.”
F2F is supported by AgriFutures, Wine Australia, Australian Wool Innovation, Meat and Livestock Australia and the GRDC.
As part of the GRDC’s commitment to encouraging innovation at farm level, regional workshops will be held in six grain growing locations, with the first three planned for Mingenew in Western Australia, Moree in New South Wales and Horsham in Victoria.
Toni Somes, GRDC
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