A FUNDING boost has been given to 31 farming-system groups spread across all mainland Australian states by GrainGrowers under its 2020-21 Partnership Program.
Totalling around $100,000, the annual program was started in 2015 by the national grower representative body, and 2020-21 recipients comprise four groups from New South Wales, two from Queensland, nine from South Australia, five from Victoria and 11 from Western Australia.
New to the list are: AMPS Research from northern NSW, Macintyre Ag Alliance and Monto Growers Group from Queensland, SA’s Mid North High Rainfall Zone Inc, Victorian No-Till Farmers Association, and WA’s Mullewa Dryland Farmers Initiative Inc.
“We are really proud that our Partnership Program helps deliver positive outcomes for local groups,” GrainGrowers chief executive officer David McKeon said.
“We believe local growers connecting and collaborating with each other delivers great results and the Partnership Program is intended to help get some exciting new initiatives off the ground where traditional grant funding or sponsorship arrangements might not be applicable.”
The Partnership Program was open to farming system groups nationally.
GrainGrowers profiles the Partnership Program activities through its magazine, and in its updates to members.
“Likewise, we receive terrific support from the farming-system groups, highlighting the policy and research work we do to growers, as well as encouraging them to get involved in some of our leadership and event projects.”
|Central West Farming Systems
|FarmLink Research Ltd
|MacIntyre Ag Alliance*
|Monto Growers Group*
|Hart Field Site Group
|South Australian No Till Farmers Association
|Southern Australian Durum Growers Assn
|Agricultural Innovation & Research Eyre Peninsula Inc (AIR EP)*
|Upper North Farming Systems
|Buckleboo Farm Improvement Group
|Lowbank & Districts Ag Bureau
|MacKillop Farm Management Group
|Mid North High Rainfall Zone*
|Birchip Cropping Group
|Irrigated Cropping Council Ltd
|Southern Farming Systems Pty Ltd
|Mallee Sustainable Farming
|Victorian No-Till Farmers Association*
|Stirlings to Coast Farmers
|Mullewa Dryland Farmers Initiative*
|South East Premium Wheat growers Association
|West Midlands Group
|Corrigin Farm Improvement Group
|Far East Ag Research group
|Women in Farming Enterprises
|Merredin and Districts Farm Improvement Group
Table 1: GrainGrowers’ 20201 Partnership Program funding recipients. New recipients are indicated with an asterisk.