AWARD LAUNCH: Minister for Agriculture Bridget McKenzie.
AWARD LAUNCH: Minister for Agriculture Bridget McKenzie. Marc Stapelberg

Young ag industry innovators sought

GRANT applications are now open for the 2020 Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

If you're 18-35 and want to make a difference in agriculture, this is your chance to apply for a grant of up to $22,000 to fund your project that will benefit Australia's primary industries.

The Science Awards encourage young scientists, researchers, innovators and others active in the agriculture sector who have an original and innovative project that will contribute to the ongoing success and sustainability of Australia's agriculture, fisheries and forestry industries.

There are eleven industry Science Award categories open for applications: biosecurity and digital innovation; cotton; eggs and poultry (layers); fisheries and aquaculture; forest and wood products; grains; meat and livestock; pork; red meat processing; viticulture and oenology; and wool.

Winners of the industry category Science Awards are then invited to apply for the Minister for Agriculture's Award, which provides additional funding for an extended research project.

Minister for Agriculture Bridget McKenzie said Australia was a "world leader” in agricultural innovation.

"Ingenuity has allowed Australian agricultural industries to become more competitive, resilient, productive and profitable, and to overcome barriers to growth,” Senator McKenzie said.

"Our continued advancement is this area is needed more than ever.”

For more information and to apply, visit bit.ly/ScienceAwardsAg.


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