Export Fodder Open Call

Open call for Preliminary Research Proposals (PRP’s)

Open call commences 4 October 2017 and closes 5:00pm (AEDST) 8 November 2017.

The AgriFutures Australia Export Fodder Program aims to invest in RD&E that harnesses leading edge technologies to develop competitive advantage in export fodder markets.

Key components of the program

Key components of this program include further developing the Oaten Hay Breeding Program, continuing to grow hay production, and ensuring that export fodder meets importing country requirements with regards to chemical residue. For further information, refer to the Export Fodder Five-Year RD&E Plan.

Suitably qualified individuals and organisations are invited to submit research proposals to address the following research outcomes :-

 A.  Oaten Hay Breeding Program (Objective 1)

  • Innovative plant breeding techniques to advance the development of high-quality oaten hay and fodder products.

B.  Hay Agronomy (Objective 2)

  • Management of fungal diseases in oat crops located in key Australian hay growing regions.
  • Optimum nutrition for oat crop production to maximize yield and hay quality.
  • The suitability and use of growth regulators in oaten hay production.

C.  Chemical Usage Integrity (Objective 3)

  • Conduct a review and report on the Fodder Safe Program to determine the adequacy of the recording and reporting of chemical usage in export fodder production.
  • Conduct an audit and report on the use of statutory declarations in the export fodder industry that includes, but not limited to, the identification and factors contributing to non-compliance.

D.  Occupational Health and Safety (Objective 7)

  • Conduct a review and report on workplace safety standards with major Australian fodder exporters that includes, but not limited to, unsafe work practices, management of workplace safety risk and areas for improvement.

Contact

Michael Beer
Program Manager, Research & Innovation
02 6923 6915
0429 566 730
michael.beer@agrifutures.com.au