Nuffield Australia 2013 scholarship winner
Joe Muscat, from Oakenden in Queensland, received a 2013 Nuffield Scholarship supported by the Sugar Research and Development Corporation. Joseph researched best practice in production, manufacturing and marketing of fibre crops.
With his family, Joe produces sugar cane, soybeans, mungbeans, peanuts and fibre crops such as industrial hemp, kenaf and sunn hemp, on their 325 hectare property.
“The fibre plant has many attributes such as a fuel, building material, bio-plastics, paper and many more, and this cropping system rotates with sugar cane well, however the challenge is the secondary manufacturing and marketing of these products,” Joe observed.
It was his work in a project co-ordination role with the Sugar Research Development Corporation (SRDC) Grower Group Innovation Program, which prompted his second area of interest.
“I also wanted to look at methods of grower led research and how researchers engage with growers around the world.
During his scholarship, Joe visited Argentina, Brazil and Malaysia to see numerous examples of how fibre crops are transformed into new products through secondary manufacturing.
In addition, he investigated grower group led R&D around the world, but particularly in New Zealand.
Location: Oakenden, QLD, 4741
Telephone: 0429 377 162
Scholarship report: not currently available
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