DEDJTR Horsham – Grains Innovation Park
Located at in the heart of Victoria's wheat-belt at Horsham, Grains Innovation Park (GIP) is a hub for agricultural research, development and extension in Western Victoria.
Established in 1962 with funding from Victorian wheat growers and the State Government, GIP – which was originally known as the Victorian Wheat Research Institute – was opened to breed wheat varieties for Victoria.
By the 1980s, breeding programs had expanded to include barley, canola, field peas, lentils and chickpeas. Today GIP is a world class research facility with more than 100 staff working to deliver scientific solutions in applied research, development and extensions programs.
Work carried out at GIP focuses on crop breeding and pre-breeding, crop disease pathology, nematology, virology, abiotic stress tolerance, grain productivity, climate adaptation, grain chemistry, soil science, agronomy, farming systems, animal health and resource use efficiency.
GIP is a national centre for breeding pulses and also features a world class plant phenomics facility that is used to carry out high throughput phenotyping of crop plants and the Australian Grains Genebank which holds around 300 million seeds, protecting genetic material for future generations.
Other facilities include glasshouses, laboratories, modern meeting and conference rooms and the 490 hectare DEDJTR Plant Breeding Centre farm (10 km west of GIP) where breeding and pathology plots are grown.
The Department of Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), the Victorian Fisheries Authority (VFA), Regional Development Victoria (RDV), Parks Victoria and a number of private business also operate from GIP.
Contact DEDJTR Horsham
DEDJTR Horsham Centre
110 Natimuk Rd
Horsham VIC 3400
Phone: (03) 5362 2111
Fax: (03) 5362 2187
Grains Innovation Park's 50th anniversary
Grains Innovation Park marks a key milestone in 2018, celebrating its 50th anniversary.
Over the past 50 years, more than 1200 people who have been employed at Grains Innovation Park (GIP), have made a significant contribution to the region, both economically and socially, as well as to the grains industry as a whole.
To celebrate their many achievements, GIP will open its doors to the public this year.
A display recognising the site's history and showcasing the work carried out has been put together and from July this year stakeholders, businesses, schools and community groups are invited to book in for a tour of the site which will take in the world-class plant phenomics facility, the Australian Grains Genebank and a specially planted field demonstration featuring crop varieties grown in the region over the past 50 years.
The Horsham Historical Society will curate and archive some of GIP's history as they work towards a publication set to be released in 2019. To secure a copy of this book, forward your name, address, phone number and email address to Lindsay Smith at: email@example.com. Please include 'GIP History EOI' in the subject line.
July – November 2018: GIP site tours. Groups of up to 20 can book a tour of GIP by registering an expression of interest.
18 October 2018, 11am to 6pm: Open Day: This day will include site tours, demonstrations and static displays.