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.

You can keep up to date by signing up to receive email updates, registering to become a member or by following us on Facebook or Twitter.

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

Notice of GRFL Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the Grains Research Foundation Limited (meeting documents available via highlighted text) will take place at BMO Business Centre, Drayton St, Dalby (access via Hogan St) commencing at 9:30am on Thursday 26th November 2020. Registration for the event starts at 9am. A General Meeting will follow the AGM. Due to COVID-19 we are unable to hold the AGM at our regular location at Leslie Research Centre.

Morning tea will be provided for those attending. Please RSVP to Meg Kummerow on 0447 763 852 or secretary@grf.org.au if you are able to attend. If you are unable to attend, please consider submitting a proxy form. Information on how to complete the proxy form is contained within the document attached. A reminder that our current Chair is Luke Skerman.

Please feel free to forward this on to others who might be interested in the work the Grains Research Foundation Ltd undertakes and who might be interested in attending the AGM. New members are always welcome.

GRDC’s Future Strategy for the Sorghum Core Pre-Breeding Program

Agforce Qld and GRFL have had numerous discussions with industry since the announcement by GRDC about the future of sorghum pre-breeding.

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

The Commercialisation of Sorghum Germplasm Report should be read in conjunction with the above Position Statement from GRDC

UPDATE - US Study Tour

Postponed to ????**

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

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.

**Maybe... Dependent on numbers and the ability to travel internationally!