Hon Ken Baston MLC

Hon Ken Baston MLC

Former Minister for Agriculture and Food; Fisheries

    New award backs innovation in grains industry

    28/02/2016 6:00 AM
     
    • Award promotes innovators whose ideas can improve performance and accelerate growth of the grains industry
    • Grain exports generate more than $4 billion a year for the State's economy
    • Wheat, barley, canola, oats and lupins from WA are exported to more than 50 countries

    A new award has been launched to recognise innovation in the grains industry and help commercialise worthy projects.

     

    Agriculture and Food Minister Ken Baston praised the grains industry for launching the award, known as the Piper Prize after former council chairman and Bindi Bindi grower Bruce Piper, who has now retired to Geraldton.

     

    The Council of Grain Grower Organisations Ltd has committed up to $150,000 every two years towards the award, which encourages the development and commercialisation of innovative ideas that will benefit Western Australia's grain industry.

     

    "We produce more than 13 million tonnes of grains a year - including cereals, oilseeds and pulses - and with the challenges posed by climate, it's important to work smarter, not harder," Mr Baston said.

     

    The Piper Prize aims to identify and help the commercialisation of innovative ideas which can benefit Western Australian grain growers.

     

    Funding for the award is made available by Council of Grain Grower Organisations Ltd members whose voluntary contributions are received through grain marketing companies which deduct 0.5 per cent from grain sales nominated by the members.

     

    Fact File

    • Applications close on Friday, May 20, 2016
    • Up to three recipients will be awarded $25,000 for research and development in the first year
    • The three recipients' projects will then be judged and one will win the Piper Prize of $75,000 to help commercialise their project
    • The Piper Prize intends helping bridge the gap between research and commercial reality and the $75,000 prize can be spent on anything the applicant believes will bring their idea to life or help advance their innovation
    • Bruce Piper helped establish the Council of Grain Grower Organisations Ltd as the main source of funding for WA grain grower groups focused on productivity improvements within the industry, and led the organisation for 16 years
    • For more information, visit http://www.coggo.net.au

    Minister's office - 6552 5400