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...

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

GRFL Hermitage Research Station Bus Trip

The Grains Research Foundation ran a successful outing to the Hermitage Research Station at Warwick on Friday 28th February.

Attended by growers from Monto, Condamine and the Darling Downs, the day was a great opportunity to hear from the researchers based at the facility and learn just what goes on there.