The South Australian Grain Industry Trust is putting the call out for applications to researchers and grower groups who are interested in applying for funding to conduct trials, take part in an industry tour or host a speaker at a future event.
Applications are now open for the 2019 round of funding, with SAGIT Chairman Max Young encouraging interested grower groups and researchers to apply.
“Through SAGIT’s funding, researchers are able to investigate issues and areas of interest which may be beneficial to growers and the cropping industry in SA,” he said.
“We encourage people with a research idea to signal their interest and make an application. All applications will be considered by our management and trustees.”
In South Australia this year, SAGIT invested $1.83 million into a variety of new projects and work including the rapid development of lentils for low-rainfall regions, developing profitable pulses for the Murray Plains, investigating herbicide residue effects on alkaline soils and examining the effects of commonly-used pesticides on soil microbial function.
SAGIT is funded by a 30 cents per tonne contribution on all grain delivered by SA grain growers, so there is a major focus on projects providing real industry benefit.
“SAGIT’s research, extension and development work is funded by SA growers so we want to provide real solutions and information for real industry problems,” Mr Young said.
To encourage awareness of SAGIT trials and disseminate the knowledge from these, this year grower groups will be asked to visit at least one SAGIT project if they receive funding for a tour.
“There is a variety of SAGIT-funded projects dotted throughout South Australia to visit, with a map on the SAGIT website showing the trial locations,” Mr Young said.
Applications for project funding are due on Friday, February 1 and the SAGIT committee will review submitted applications during February and March. Applicants will be notified of the results of the review in April.
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.
Details: For interviews, contact Max Young, SAGIT chairman, 0419 839 008