In 2013 we opened the Nuseed Innovation Centre (NIC) in Horsham, Victoria which is home to our global canola research and development program. Last year, canola varieties bred at the NIC contributed more than $2.5 billion in farm gate value to the Australian economy.
To celebrate 10 years of the NIC we held an Innovation Day in October, bringing together our research and industry partners, government representatives, channel partners, growers and media to mark the occasion with our team.
Our guests were treated to a day of glorious Wimmera sunshine as they heard from our CEO and Managing Director Greg Hunt, Nuseed Australia General Manager Rachel Palumbo, and Nuseed’s Chief Technology Lead Dr Rodrigo Sarria.
One of the highlights of the day was a panel featuring some of the leading young faces of plant breeding science, talking about how they’re contributing to agricultural innovation.
Some interesting facts about the NIC:
- Over the last decade two canola varieties bred at the NIC have been planted on more than 1 million hectares in Australia: ATR Bonito and HyTTec Trophy.
- The highly qualified team working at the NIC has a combined total of more than 300 years of experience in the canola industry.
- Of the top 10 best-selling Australian canola varieties ever, 7 came out of the NIC.
- The NIC is one of Nuseed’s three world-class innovation centres, with the others in West Sacramento, California and Venado Tuerto, Argentina.