Seven lucky grain farmers will be travelling to Sydney as the guests of GrainGrowers next week in an event celebrating National Agriculture Day (Wednesday 21 November).
The growers who live as far away as Badgingarra, two hours north of Perth, WA, and Springsure, south of Emerald in central Queensland will come together for the chance to learn more about what their end customers want from Australian wheat.
GrainGrowers CEO David McKeon said the winners offered a wide range of reasons in their competition entries for being keen to take part:
“These included wanting to: learn all aspects of the grain industry to be ready to take over the family farm; build new markets in value added products; know what millers want from hard wheat; look at vertical integration opportunities; and learn how to produce the functionality of wheat required by quality conscious consumers.
“We were delighted with the high standard of entries,” said Mr McKeon. “It is clear that as business people, grain farmers are very focused on investigating the possible opportunities to improve their returns for the effort and investment they put into growing grain.
“We know that our participants will find the workshop to be a valuable way to find out about the various qualities of Australian wheat and the variety of food products that can be made from it, both in Australia and overseas.”
The winners are:
- Tim Hayes, V & HA Hayes Pty Ltd – Western Australia
- Sophie Bradley, Wool-A-Roo Pty Ltd – Queensland
- Patricia Schober, BS & PK Schober Enterprises – South Australia
- Chris Moloney, Moloney Agribusiness – South Australia
- Catherine and Matt Madden, Fairfield Farming – New South Wales
- Libby Dowling, Dowling Brothers Yarrawonga – New South Wales.
Mr McKeon said that the one day workshop was a distillation of a longer workshop which is regularly offered to senior grain traders, food manufacturers, wheat breeders and flour millers in the industry.
“We hope that the growers who participate will spread the word among their neighbours and colleagues of the value of taking this course in order to understand more about their customers for whom they can #GrowforGood (the theme of this year’s National Agriculture Day).”
The one-day workshop will be held at the Australian Export Grains Innovation Centre (AEGIC) in North Ryde, Sydney. It will be followed by a dinner hosted by GrainGrowers to give the growers a chance to network with GrainGrowers and AEGIC wheat quality and market experts.
More about AEGIC Sydney and the workshop
AEGIC Sydney was once known as the Bread Research Institute of Australia and has been at the forefront of wheat quality research for more than 70 years. The North Ryde facilities include a four-story commercial-scale Pilot Mill, Pilot Bakery and Laboratory facilities. These facilities are the centrepiece of AEGIC’s highly sought-after training courses.
Participants will get a hands-on feel for wheat quality and how it affects the performance of end-products, including noodles and bread. By the end of the day they may not be qualified to operate a flour mill, take on a bakery or open a Japanese ramen shop, but they will know a lot more about what Australian wheat is used for and what Australia’s current domestic and international markets value.