GRDC recognises the value of investing in the next generation of rural leaders and Jessie MacLean, Communications and Capacity Officer says they are motivated to support the young people who will drive innovation in the Australian grains industry.
“The extent to which our investments create enduring profitability for Australian grain growers, is directly influenced by the contribution of growers, advisers and researchers. We want to support the next generation of leaders to improve their skills and knowledge so they can have a greater positive impact on our industry,” explains Jessie.
One of these young people sponsored by GRDC is new Scholar, Bill Lee and with a passion for agronomy and drought tolerant grain varieties, he is looking forward to being exposed to the expertise of GRDC.
“Drought tolerant varieties and higher risk drought areas are a particular interest of mine. Having the opportunity to work with my sponsor GRDC really excites me as I will hopefully gain an insight into the progress on drought tolerant varieties and other notable advancements in the industry,” Bill explains.
No doubt Bill will be able to do just that, with GRDC committed to making the scholars’ experience of the program a worthwhile one.
“As a world leading grains Research, Development and Extension (RD&E) investor, we can support and facilitate scholars’ access to the diverse opportunities, networks and organisations that will set them up for a successful and fulfilling career in grains RD&E,” Jessie tells us.
Demi Taylor is another scholar who is ready to dive into the RD&E world with GRDC as her sponsor.
“I am grateful to have GRDC on board as my sponsor, and I am beyond excited to form a personal partnership with the corporation in order to draw on their experiences, learn about existing challenges and opportunities within the industry and to gain insight on all things RD&E!” Demi tells us.
Matilda Meppem also can’t wait to take advantage of the opportunities on offer.