Growing with the grain

The Grains Research Foundation aims to engage Queensland Grain Growers in developing the Northern Grains Industry by encouraging participation in research, development and extension priority setting.

The Foundation is particularly focused on achieving its objectives through the investment in youth, evident through its 'From One Grain Project'. The project aims to develop the industry involvement of the younger set of Queensland grain growers through Social Media to encourage their participation in Grains Research. An annual study tour for Queensland grain growers also exposes them to how research identification, prioritisation and funding occurs overseas to allow them to better understand the direction needed for the future of the Australian grains industry.

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You can read a welcome message by our immediate Past Chairman, Mr Damien Scanlan here: Read More...

GRDC’s Future Strategy for Sorghum Pre-Breeding

Agforce Qld and GRFL have managed to secure a discussion with GRDC about the future of sorghum pre-breeding. This will be an opportunity for industry to hear from GRDC and to have their views and concerns heard and addressed in an open forum.

GRDC have prepared a Sorghum Pre-Breeding Position Statement which is available for your viewing here.

Registration prior to the event is required as numbers on the webinar will be limited to 100 attendees.

AgForce and Grain Producers Australia (GPA) will facilitate the webinar with the GRDC, commencing at 9:30am on Friday 3 July, to talk through the GRDC’s approach to sorghum pre-breeding and to answer questions from growers about the future strategy.


  • Overview of the GRDC and its purpose
  • Presentation on the future of pre-breeding strategy for sorghum
  • Grower focused Q&A


  • Andrew Weidemann AM, Chairman, GPA
  • Dr Steve Jefferies AM, Managing Director, GRDC
  • Dr Nicole Jensen, General Manager, Genetics and Enabling Technologies
  • Zach Whale, Grains Policy Director

Register now

UPDATE - US Study Tour

Postponed to 2021

The Grains Research Foundation Ltd’s annual two-week grain grower capacity development program will again run in 2021*.

Our grower capacity development program sees small groups of predominantly Queensland Grain Growers (although we accept applications from other states) undertaking travel to the USA to:

  • identify research being undertaken in the sorghum industry;
  • meet with leading Growers and Researchers; and
  • learn about the various industry research funding models in the USA.

We have found that small group travel is easier and less intrusive on our hosts while allowing easier conversations and discussions between our travellers and their hosts. Our growers come back full of enthusiasm and ideas about the future of their industry and are encouraged to become more involved in Australian research by making connections with scientists as well as learning about how research is prioritised and funded here in Australia.

Spaces on the tour are limited to six and there are a limited number of partially subsidised places available. Full Fare cost is $6000 and includes airfares, transport, accommodation & most breakfasts. Subsidised Fare is $2500. The application form and draft itinerary can be downloaded by clicking the buttons to the left.

Applications close Friday 12th March. Applications for travel must use the application form. Applications for funded travel must be from Queensland only. Please note that the focus will be on issues and crops for the GRDC Northern Region, in particular Queensland. Completed forms must be submitted electronically. Return via email to

*Dependent on numbers