Seed to Store – creating a buzz around grains

Young Farming Champion Dan Fox certainly got a great opportunity this week to combine his two first loves – teaching and food production (apologies to his girlfriend)

Dan is a very bright young man who completed HSC physics and maths in Year 10. As I always struggled with physics and maths I am just awestruck that some people can do this

When Dan completed his HSC he went off to Uni to become a teacher. After completing his degree he found his farming roots calling him back to the farm where is waking up every day committed to growing the best grain for your weetbix, the barley for your beer and the canola oil for your salad and helping turn spring into that amazing colour carpet splendour that is canola in flower.

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Dan Fox in the canola

At the invitation of the Grains Research and Development Corporation which funds Dan to be a Young Farming Champion Dan had a whirlwind trip to South Australia to help promote the Seed to Store Video Competition

As part of the team who did the ‘Seed to Store – Story of Australian Grain’ schools presentation sessions today Dan visited Urrbrae Agricultural High School and Oakbank Area School and presented to over 400 secondary school students.

The hour long sessions looked at the Australian grains industry, growing great grains, plant breeding for quality food products and careers in grains / agriculture.

Dan shared his journey with the students, speaking about his career, sustainable farming and opportunities in the grains industry and knowing Dan I am positive the crowds loved him!

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There was lots of activities, quizzes, plant crosses, prizes

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Apparently this young man was asked to  “emasculate” a plant! Priceless!

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Dough stretching competition – learning about gluten and dough quality

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everyone had lots of fun including Dan front and centre here

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You can find out everything you need to know about the competition here

Seed to Store CompetitionCheck Cosi in the video clip here

Champions in the Paddock and Champions on the Cutting Floor

Its been a very exciting week for our 2014 Grains Young Farming Champions  Rebecca Thistlethwaite, Daniel Fox, Diana George and Jessica Kirkpatrick with their “An Innovative Industry” video taking out the Royal Adelaide Show ‘Seed to Store Competition’ and  prize money of $1000.

The  Grains YFC  team plan to use their prize money to engage a professional animator to help create a video animation to showcase the industry they love 

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L-R Dee George, Jessica Kirkpatrick, Rebecca Thistlethwaite and Daniel Fox

Channel Nine’s Andrew ‘Cosi’ Costello, along with the Grains Research and Development Corporation’s (GRDC) Kathleen Allan and South Australian Grains Industry Trust’s (SAGIT) David Shannon showcased the top five entries, and awarded the prestigious blue ribbon, on the Coke Stage.

“This is the first year the Royal Adelaide Show has run the Seed to Store contest as a competitive entry and we are thrilled at how the initiative has increased awareness of the role of food production in Australia,” Ms Allan said.

“The YouTube clip competition is a new competitive entry which involves developing a one-minute video clip promoting the grains sector. It is an exciting initiative which allows agriculture to be promoted through social media, which is fundamental in reaching the young generation of consumers.”

The competition, managed by AgCommunicators and supported by the GRDC and SAGIT, which worked collaboratively with the Royal Agricultural & Horticultural Society to coincide the launch of the clips with the show’s 175th birthday.

SAGIT Trustee David Shannon believes it is important to remind people where their food comes from, and was excited that the YouTube clip gave entrants the opportunity to showcase modern, innovative and sustainable farming.

“The link between where food begins and the end product can be lost because of little knowledge of grains and how they fit into our food production systems,” he said.

“With 16,800 grains of wheat in a loaf of bread and around 1600 grains of barley in a can of beer the YouTube clips will help to reconnect people with the source of grains in their food.”

“The standard of the competition was extremely high, with entrants using great editing and communication skills to show the process of food production in Australia,” Mr Shannon said.

Top five entries  video can be accessed at these links

FIRST PRIZE: Art4Agriculture Grains Young Farming Champions – Rebecca Thistlethwaite, Daniel Fox, Diana George and Jessica Kirkpatrick.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrmVPbNJsVU

SECOND PRIZE: ‘What does the plant say’ – Bethany Simpson, Meg Jarvis, Chelsea Arthur, Ayeisha Bishop, Eliza Bastian and Pieter Cillie, Booleroo Centre
http://youtu.be/MTParxcjyMA

THIRD PRIZE: ‘Seed to Store’, Marni Greenshields, University of South Australia
http://youtu.be/aAYM1FcPwis

FOURTH PRIZE: Adele Justice and Ann Rowett, Xavier College
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkT6SnfC8Fk&feature=youtu.be

FIFTH PRIZE: Urrbrae Agricultural High School Team 5 – Kelsey Adams, Clare Edgecombe, Cody Faucett, Fletcher Wood and staff Nick Jackson and Tracey Ireland
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1uqj139jwU&index

Well done team YFC Grains