A leading grower and four NSW Sugar staff are to receive part of $70,000 in funding from the Sugar Research and Development Corporation announced this week.

The SRDC’s Travel and Learning Opportunity grants support travel to other sugar producing regions by growers, millers and researchers so they can learn from their peers and share knowledge.

Harwood Chief Engineer Stephen Scott received funding to attend the International Society of Sugar Cane Technologists conference in Piracicaba, Brazil, from June 30 to July 4.

He will take part in two separate workshops on design, manufacturing and maintenance of sugar milling equipment.

Harwood Production Superintendent Steve King was successful with an application to attend a conference in Reunion to learn more about the impact of green cane on sugar production.

Tweed cane grower, Robert Quirk, will present papers at two international conferences.

He will present at the International Association of Professionals in Sugar and Integrated Technologies conference from September 12 to 14 in Egypt and see one of the few mills in the world crushing sugar cane and sugar beet.

From September 16 to 20 he will attend and speak at the 6th International Acid Sulfate Soils Conference and the Acid Rock Drainage Symposium in China.

Harwood Sugar Mill and refinery Operations Manager Peter Dibella will attend the Sugar Processing Research Institute Conference from September 28 to October 1 at Delray Beach, Florida.

Manager Agricultural Services, Rick Beattie, will host three experts from other sugar cane growing regions during the year to get their ideas on harvesting sugar cane whole for cogeneration in New South Wales.