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A key component of the program sees participants complete a project focussing on a challenge that grain farmers face under GrainGrowers’ six priority themes: trade and market access; grain freight and supply chains; workforce; carbon and climate; biosecurity and farm inputs.

As part of her AGLP project, Elly is looking at ways to champion grower voices relating to exploring the future of the grains industry when it comes to climate change and sustainability.

“I chose to address the sustainability space and defining perceptions and barriers surrounding what growers can achieve on farm, with the aim of assisting in gaining a mutual understanding.”

“It is a sensitive topic for some, even something as simple as the language used. For example, the terms ‘sustainable’ or ‘regenerative’ differ in meaning from each individual. It’s a moving object at the moment – I want to be a part of where it can go.”

Elly is currently conducting interviews about farming practices with growers of all ages, locations and enterprises to get a gauge of some simplemisconceptions or barriers that have potential to be overcome or resolved.

“If anyone is willing to have a chat with me on this, I would love to hear all about what you do and your opinions so please reach out – the more opinions, the merrier!”

Applications for the next intake of the Australian Grain Leaders Program (AGLP) open 16 July.

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