Grains day at The Royal Adelaide Show celebrated this year’s winners of the Seed to Store – The Story of Australian Grain YouTube Clip Competition. And the Waite’s own Professor Diane Mather and her laboratory team picked up third prize in the community section of the competition for their video ‘The Wheat Beat’ – nice work!

The competition, in its second year, asked school students and community members from across Australia to create a one-minute YouTube clip. The clips were aimed at highlighting the processes, innovation and people involved in the Australian grains industry – from seed in the ground to food in a store.

Grains Ambassador Andrew ‘Cosi’ Costello and competition sponsors, the South Australian Grain Industry Trust’s Malcolm Buckby, and Kathleen Allan, representing the Grains Research and Development Corporation, awarded the top three places in each category in a special presentation at the Show.

Mr Buckby said it was exciting for SAGIT as a research and development organisation to be part of an initiative which fielded entries from across Australia and promoted the industry on behalf of its grain grower levy-payers.

“The clips were of an incredibly high standard and we enjoyed watching them all. But ultimately we could only award a top three in the community category and a top three in the schools category,” he said. Each winning entry received $1000 cash with second receiving $150 and third $50.

The Seed to Store initiative, funded by SAGIT and the GRDC with support from the Royal Agricultural & Horticultural Society, featured school visits by Cosi and competition managers, AgCommunicators.

“It’s fantastic that students are being encouraged to take up a career in the grains industry. The diversity and number of jobs available is exciting and it was great to be involved again in this year’s program to promote the industry’s opportunities,” Cosi said.

In the lead up to today’s presentation, Cosi and the AgCommunicators team visited more than 1000 school students in the Mid North, Yorke Peninsula and Adelaide area. Students were engaged in an interactive presentation covering new technologies, best practices and careers in the grains industry.

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