Grain grower and agricultural consultant John Minogue has been named the new chair of the GRDC’s Northern Panel. Mr Minogue, pictured with his wife, Lisa, says season 2016 has been extremely wet on his Barmedman mixed farm.
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The GRDC recently named New South Wales grain grower and agricultural consultant John Minogue as chair of its Northern Panel.
The GRDC’s northern region stretches from the Victoria–NSW border to Central Queensland and is one of the most diverse production regions in Australia.
With his wife, Lisa, Mr Minogue operates a 2000-hectare mixed farm and advisory service, Agricultural and General Consulting, near Barmedman in southern NSW. He is also a former GRDC Southern Panel member.
Mr Minogue is a strong believer in innovation and says effective communication between growers, the research community and the GRDC is the best way to see it continue on-farm. In his work as a farmer and agricultural adviser, Mr Minogue knows what it takes to deliver the results of GRDC-supported research outcomes to growers in a way that is easy to implement, so profitable practice change can be made on-farm.
“Information delivery is a key part of the GRDC’s business, and with my farming background, as well as the past five years serving on the southern and northern panels, I not only understand how the GRDC works, but have an insight into growers’ needs,” he says.
“I look forward to travelling around the region as panel chair, hearing from growers and researchers, and communicating their research priorities back to the GRDC.”
Given the region’s diversity, Northern Panel members are located across NSW and Queensland and have a broad range of farming, agronomic and research expertise to ensure the GRDC’s investments are tailored to regional and national priorities of grain growers and the Australian Government.
“The GRDC Northern Panel is designed to be the conduit of information and insights between the grass-roots industry and the GRDC, so it really is worthwhile getting to know your local panel member,” Mr Minogue says.
“The location of panel members across the northern region ensures that the needs of all growers are covered, with local research and extension (RD&E) being a key tenet of the GRDC’s strategic plan.”
He says the GRDC’s new hub-and-spoke business model will allow for better-informed research, as well as improved coordination of RD&E across the region.
“A network of R&D nodes located at Emerald, on the Darling Downs, and Goodiwindi in Queensland, and Narrabri, Tamworth, Trangie, Condobolin, Wagga Wagga and Yanco in NSW, increases the scope and resourcing of R&D projects,” he explains.
“With the panel also sourcing research priorities through GRDC Grower Solutions groups, Grains Research Updates, meetings, field days, panel tours and ongoing discussions with researchers and growers, the GRDC’s reach is improved.”
The Northern Panel includes: Mr Minogue; NSW grower Tony Hamilton, Forbes; NSW agronomist Andrew McFadyen, Coolah; Queensland grower Arthur Gearon, Chinchilla; former Southern Panel member and NSW grower and research agronomist Neil Fettell, Condobolin; NSW Department of Primary Industries agronomist Loretta Serafin, Tamworth; NSW-based consultant Jules Dixon; NSW agronomist Penny Heuston, Warren; Queensland agronomist and grower Jack Williamson; and GRDC executive manager research programs, Brondwen MacLean, Canberra.
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