AUSTRALIAN beekeeping is likely to benefit from the innovation of Coffs Coast Honey operators Alan and Merridy Wray who plan to research the improved genetics in honey bees and queen breeding after being selected as runners up in the bcu Bill Ussher Agricultural Grant.
With a commitment to educate and inspire other apiarists, Alan and Merridy are keen to look at ways to combat the threat of disease, pests and chemicals facing the Australian beekeeping industry.
Winning the $3300 runner's up grant will help move the business forward in its research.
Judges of the bcu Bill Ussher Agricultural Grant were impressed by Alan and Merridy's dedication and passion to their industry and their drive to look at innovative ways to increase honey production and identify a diversification of income streams for their business.
Alan said he was thankful that bcu supported agriculture in the region by offering the Grant.
"Merridy and I would like to sincerely thank bcu for establishing this Agricultural Grant," Alan said.
"The North Coast is still an area where a variety of agricultural pursuits can be carried out, and it is great to see that there are organisations out there that are willing to reinvest money into the agricultural sector."
The winner's grant of $7,700 was awarded to Glenn Donnelly from Casino's Blue Dog Agriculture whose research into commercial tea tree production will have a positive impact on the industry Australia-wide.