Bracks government supports expansion of Birchip Grain Industry Research Facility

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Wednesday, 14 March, 2001


The Minister for State and Regional Development, John Brumby, today announced the Bracks Government would provide a $110,000 grant to the Birchip Cropping Group to expand its research facilities - a project that will support the further development of the grain industry in the Wimmera/Mallee.

The Birchip Cropping Group is a research group run by grain growers. It was formed in 1993 to improve farm incomes by developing solutions to farm production constraints.

The grant - under the Bracks Government's Regional Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF) - would go towards building a new office, laboratory and conference facility.

The Birchip Cropping Group undertakes $2.2 million worth of research annually with collaborative partners, including Agriculture Victoria, VIDA Horsham, CSIRO Plant Industry and University of Melbourne.

Examples of collaborative research projects include:

· research on subsoil limitations to crop production
· integrated pest management
· oilseed breeding programs
· adaptation of lentils to short season areas
· water use efficiency of cereal crops and
· pre crop nitrogen management
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