Applications are open for the South Australian Grain Industry Trust’s 2017 round of funding, with grower groups invited to apply for specific funding designed to help attract guest speakers to regional events.

Chairman Michael Treloar said following feedback from farming systems and grower groups, the Trust had introduced a separate allocation of funding, in addition to its regular research and development stream.

“We know sometimes the cost of engaging a guest speaker can be high, and by the time travel and accommodation costs are factored in, it can be too much for a group with limited resources,” he said.

“At SAGIT, we wanted to help farming systems groups with these types of issues so we’ve set up funding for grants up to a maximum of $3000.”

There will be two rounds of funding for grower groups. The first round of applications are due on Friday, February 3, 2017, and a second round of funding applications will close on Friday, June 30, 2017.

Applications for general research and extension projects in the main funding round are due to SAGIT by Friday, February 3, 2017. These are for projects which connect science with real-life farming practices that will benefit South Australian growers.

“SAGIT provides a unique opportunity to enable researchers to make a difference to farming practice in this state,” he said.

“We are eager for this to continue and we encourage anyone with a research proposal to apply for funding. SAGIT is not afraid to consider blue-sky projects or ideas from outside the box.”

SAGIT provides funding in a range of areas from grain growing, farming systems, soil management, harvesting, grain storage, processing and marketing, with $2.3 million invested in 2016 to new and ongoing projects.

“With growers supporting research through the 30 cents per tonne levy on all grain delivered, SAGIT is responsible for adding value to growers’ bottom lines and the industry as a whole,” he said.

“We want to make their contribution one of the best value research, development and extension investments they can make.”

Applications for funding close on Friday, February 3, 2017 at 5pm.

More information: Applications can find all relevant application forms and guidelines on the SAGIT website at www.sagit.com.au/applyforfunding/. If you wish to discuss project concepts and plans before submissions, or have any queries about the application process, please contact SAGIT Project Manager Malcolm Buckby on 8210 5230 or SAGIT Scientific Officer Allan Mayfield on 0418 818 569.

For interviews, contact Michael Treloar, SAGIT chairman, 0427 765 034

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