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Young innovators driving the next generation of ag productivity
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Barnaby Joyce, Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, yesterday welcomed the latest crop of leading young researchers, innovators and scientists to emerge in the development of smarter and more profitable agricultural, fisheries and forestry industries in Australia.
Minister Joyce said 12 young Australians had been selected to receive a share of $260,000 in grants to further research that will drive the ongoing success of Australia’s farming future. Among them was South Australia’s Jake Dunlevy, who received the Australian Grape and Wine Authority award.
“The Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry recognises the best emerging Australian talent in our rural industries and rewards them with grants of up to $22,000,” Minister Joyce said.
“These are the innovators who will underpin Australia’s ability to meet the growing global demand for high-value, high-quality produce across our primary industries.”
Minister Joyce presented the Science Awards at a gala dinner as part of Australia’s pre-eminent agricultural and economic forecasting event—ABARES Outlook 2016.
Each year, one grant recipient is also selected to receive the Minister’s Award for an extended research project with additional grant funding.
“I am pleased to announce that the 2016 Minister’s Award winner is Giana Bastos Gomes from James Cook University,” Minister Joyce said.
“It’s a genuine investment in the future of Australian science and agriculture.”