Grain growers, researchers and agronomists have the opportunity to influence the grain research landscape in South Australia by providing feedback in the South Australian Grain Industry Trust (SAGIT) survey.
SAGIT is calling on all grain growers, researchers and agronomists in South Australia to have their say in the survey to ensure topics relevant and critical to the state’s industry can be addressed through research projects.
SAGIT invests on average $1.4 million per year in supporting research crucial to advancing the SA grain industry. The trust is funded by a 30 cents per tonne voluntary contribution on all grain delivered by SA grain growers.
SAGIT chair Max Young said SAGIT is truly the envy of other states who do not have a similar research initiative and encouraged growers to participate to drive outcomes that will benefit them.
“SA growers are supporting the research by contributing voluntarily, it is important that the research adds value to the growers bottom line, and the state industry as a whole,” he said.
SAGIT is directed by growers, with four grower trustees and a trustee appointed by the Minister for Agriculture on the board. The trust calls for research applications annually and the trustees decide which projects will be funded using the levy money.
Funding is provided to research and development in a range of areas including grain growing, farming systems, soil management, harvesting, storage, processing and marketing, and results from these studies are disseminated to the grain industry.
The SAGIT survey aims to collate information regarding the main issues holding back productivity, any gaps in SA grain research that currently exist and ideas for research and technological advancement that could revolutionise grain businesses.
“The survey gives grain growers, researchers and agronomists in South Australia an avenue to provide positive feedback on the best way to spend the money they are investing and to ensure the projects are relevant to the industry.”
This survey can be filled out online on the SAGIT website at sagit.com.au/sagit-survey/ or can be filled out in paper form and mailed to the SAGIT office.
Max Young, SAGIT Chair, 0419 839 008
Bridget Penna, AgCommunicators, 0429 676 413