Applications are now open for the 2019 Science and Innovation Awards for young people involved in Australian primary industries.
Young people aged 18 to 35 with an original project to help advance and sustain our agriculture industry will be eligible to receive up to $22 000 in funding.
Agriculture minister David Littleproud encouraged all young scientists, researchers and innovators to submit their ideas to improve our industries.
“Innovation drives productivity in Australian agriculture and helps us push towards the National Farmers Federation’s vision of a $100 billion agricultural industry by 2030,” Mr Littleproud said.
There are 13 award categories; cotton, dairy, eggs and poultry, established, new and emerging industries, fisheries and aquaculture, forest and wood products, grains, health and biosecurity, meat and livestock, viticulture and oenology, and wool.
Each category is generously supported by research and development corporations and industry organisations.
The awards have already helped more than 230 young Australians expose their ideas to the industry.
Last year’s recipients included; Dr Jamie Barwick, for his work with detecting sheep parasites, Rhys Pirie and his work with re-purposing organic waste, and SARDI’s Tanya Nowland for her work with treating post weaning diarrhoea in pigs.