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Best practice improvements lead to award

RECOGNISED: Rod Collins received the Queensland Grain Industry Innovation Award at the AgForce Queensland Grain Industry Awards.
RECOGNISED: Rod Collins received the Queensland Grain Industry Innovation Award at the AgForce Queensland Grain Industry Awards. Contributed

GRAINS BMP has set the standard for best practice in the industry, and after years of research, the developer has been rewarded for his innovation.

Rod Collin's work earned him the Queensland Grain Industry Innovation Award at the Agforce Queensland Grain Awards last week.

The Senior Extension Officer with the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry developed and implemented the best management practice over the past seven or eight years.

"It's designed to help grain growers identify and implement farm practices to improve profitability and demonstrate the environment stewardship they have in terms of managing the land," he said.

The program is based online, where participants can assess their practices against industry standards and develop ways to improve.

"It started from the work I'd been doing prior to that, developing sustainable farming systems for CQ," he said. "I saw a lot of research and development, and wondered why that hadn't been taken up by growers."

Recently Rod and his team began evaluating Grains BMP, where he found many growers had made bigger changes than they had expected.

"There are a lot of things people can do to improve, and I guess the value in it for me is to be able to work with people who want to improve, find a way to do it, and ... come back and say they can be more sustainable."

Rod said he was shocked to win the award.

"It's good to see the industry is supporting people that are working in the industry and trying to do good things for the industry," he said.

Topics:  agforce awards grains