Research funding opportunities to benefit growers

FUNDING: SAGIT project manager Malcolm Buckby, SA Research and Development Institute's Rhiannon Schilling and Melissa McCallum, SAGIT trustee Ted Langley, scientific officer Jenny Davidson and chairperson Max Young, and the University of Adelaide's Matthew Tucker. Photo: Supplied
FUNDING: SAGIT project manager Malcolm Buckby, SA Research and Development Institute's Rhiannon Schilling and Melissa McCallum, SAGIT trustee Ted Langley, scientific officer Jenny Davidson and chairperson Max Young, and the University of Adelaide's Matthew Tucker. Photo: Supplied

An important stream of funding for research and activities that will benefit South Australian grain growers is now on offer.

The South Australian Grain Industry Trust (SAGIT) is accepting applications for its 2022 project funding grants.

Research organisations, grower groups and individuals are encouraged to submit their research project or industry activity proposals.

SAGIT chairperson Max Young said its annual round of funding provided the research community and farming systems groups with a valuable investment platform to help grow the state's grain industry.

"South Australian grain growers are among the most efficient and productive in the world, but they depend on outcomes from new research and development to continue to advance their enterprises," he said.

"SAGIT allocates funds to projects that have potential to drive real improvements in farming systems in this State, so we are keen to receive applications from groups and individuals who have ideas and proposals that could make a difference on-farm."

SAGIT invests an average of $1.8 million per year to support research that benefits the SA grain industry.

The funds are raised from a voluntary contribution from SA growers of 30 cents per ton of grain delivered.

"The voluntary SAGIT levy is well accepted by SA growers because they can see the projects SAGIT invests in on their behalf are relevant and tailored to their unique circumstances and environments," Mr Young said.

SAGIT earlier this year announced more than $2.45 million in funding for 25 new grain research projects which started in 2021.

New programs underway include a three-year study into variety selection and weed management options for genetically modified canola; research to improve management of herbicide resistant barley grass; and a look at the implications of green hydrogen technology and production for SA grain growers.

Funding applications for 2022 must be received by Friday, February 4, 2022.

All relevant application guidelines and forms can be found at sagit.com.au/funding/.

Applications will be reviewed during February and early March, with applicants to be notified of results in late March.

To discuss project concepts and plans before submission, or to enquire about the application process, contact SAGIT project manager Malcolm Buckby on 0417 722 231 or SAGIT scientific officer Jenny Davidson on 0429 695 505.