InterGrain Pty Ltd was formed in October 2007 when the Western Australian State Government and the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) elected to privatise the long standing and highly successful Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia (DAFWA) wheat breeding program, with the State Government and GRDC being the founding shareholders.
In 2009/10 the shareholders saw the opportunity to expand the InterGrain business by transferring the barley breeding program from DAFWA to InterGrain, a program that had been delivering productive varieties to WA growers for over 50 years.
Corporatisation of the wheat and barley programs was consistent with the Australia-wide trend to encourage private sector investment in plant breeding, and has enabled the establishment of a commercial wheat and barley breeding powerhouse committed to delivering elite cereal varieties to Australian growers.
InterGrain wheat and barley breeding programs service the major cereal growing areas across Australia. Both cereal breeding programs have been highly successful and as a result InterGrain varieties occupy a significant proportion of the area sown to cereals in Australia.
InterGrain has taken a very flexible approach to the commercialisation of varieties and was the first cereal breeding company to introduce farmer to farmer trading. Since this time the company has kept the transactional process as simple as possible to enable seed of its varieties to be available to Australian growers at minimal cost which greatly increases variety uptake and adoption.
The company has two shareholders:
- 62% - WA Government
- 38% - GRDC