Are you a Wimmera grain grower with an innovative idea or invention?

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GRDC Business Development and Commercialisation Manager – South, Fernando Felquer said the Growers as Innovators workshops were designed to help growers considering whether to commercialise a new product or invention. Photo GRDC.

Wimmera grain growers who have an innovative idea or product, but aren’t sure whether it’s worth developing or how to take steps towards commercialisation, can now get support as part of a series of new Growers as Innovators workshops.

Being held on October 29, the workshops are being delivered by Farmers2Founders in partnership with the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) as part of the Birchip Cropping Group’s Building Climate Resilience event.

Farmers2Founders is an innovation and entrepreneurship program tailored to grain growers and primary producers. The GRDC has joined forces with them to support growers in the Wimmera region to take home-grown innovations through to commercialisation.

The one-hour Growers as Innovators workshops will feature case studies of innovative Australian producers, and tools to get started with an idea or to commercialise an invention.

GRDC Business Development and Commercialisation Manager – South Fernando Felquer said growers with ideas for new products or ventures were invited to come along to get support to determine whether their innovations were worth pursuing and to find out how they could get started.

The free workshops will be held in Birchip on October 29 at the Birchip Town Hall as part of the Building Climate Resilience event. The event runs from 8.45am-5pm with the workshops part of the program.

The Growers as Innovators workshops are open to anyone keen to learn more about innovation in agriculture or with an idea for a new product. They offer an opportunity to:

  • Learn and share ideas for new products and new technologies.
  • Obtain support to get started with your idea or take it to the next level.
  • Hear case studies of innovative producers across Australia.

Mr Felquer said the GRDC had partnered with F2F to support growers who had creative solutions to overcome or combat problems in the grains industry.

“Growers have significant practical experience and are often resourceful and skilled when it comes to overcoming the challenges they have in the paddock,” he said.

“The Growers as Innovators workshops are about engaging with and supporting growers to develop and potentially commercialise their ideas.”

F2F is supported by AgriFutures, Wine Australia, Australian Wool Innovation, Meat and Livestock Australia and the GRDC.

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