Frequently Asked Questions
The United Farmers and Stockowners – the predecessor of the South Australian Farmers Federation – sought to have control of the voluntary research levy plus any reserves returned to SA and thus, in 1991, the South Australian Grain Industry Trust Fund (or SAGIT) was established.
SAGIT contributes research dollars to the South Australian grain industry with funds from a voluntary levy and returns on invested funds. The voluntary levy is 30 cents per tonne and is now directed into the fund and managed under a Trust Deed.
- Malcolm Buckby, RA&HS Rural Services (SAGIT Project Manager)
- Allan Mayfield, Mayfield Consulting (SAGIT Scientific Officer)
Since its inception SAGIT has invested more than $17 million in research on behalf of SA farmers. This is augmented further by leveraging funds from GRDC, Australian Research Council, governments and private sources, which more than doubles the SAGIT investment.
- Agrilink Agricultural Consultants
- Elders Rural Services
- Hart Fieldsite Group
- Mallee Sustainable Farming
- Northern Sustainable Soils
- Rural Solutions SA
- SA Durum Growers Association
- South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI)
- SPAA Precision Agriculture
- University of Adelaide
- University of South Australia
- YP Alkaline Soils Group