Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, David Littleproud encourages young agricultural innovators to apply for the awards.
Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, David Littleproud encourages young agricultural innovators to apply for the awards. Matt Taylor GLA130718CQU

Call for young agricultural innovators

AUSTRALIA'S young agricultural scientists, innovators and researchers are being invited to submit their agricultural research project ideas for a chance to share in up to $286,000 in grant funding.

Agricultural minister David Littleproud said the Science and Innovation Awards recognised the regional innovation that drives rural industries.

"Research and innovation will help us capitalise on global food demand,” he said.

"Innovation drives productivity in Australian agriculture and helps us push towards the NFF's vision of a $100 billion agricultural industry by 2030.”

Each winner from the 13 industry award categories will receive a grant of up to $22,000 to help with their work or study in Australia's agricultural industries.

More than 230 18 to 35-year-olds have turned their ideas into a reality with the help of the Science and Innovation Awards since 2001.

"I encourage passionate young scientists, researchers and innovators to submit the ideas they have to improve the productivity, competitiveness and sustainability of their industries,” Mr Littleproud said.

The 2017 award recipient PhD student Rhys Pirie grew up on a cattle farm near Harden, NSW.

"Rhys' project focused on ways to turn organic waste like livestock manure, sugarcane mill mud and cotton gin trash into low cost and efficient fertilisers,” he said.

Applications close on Friday October 12, and the recipients of the awards will be publicly presented as part of the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences Outlook 2019 conference in Canberra.

For more information visit agriculture.gov.au/scienceawards

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