The new-look Southern Regional panel comprises an even mix of new and continuing appointments. "Five new members will take up positions with five previous members of the southern panel to form a group of skilled individuals with experience in production, research, processing and marketing," says GRDC chairman Terry Enright.
Later this year, the panel will visit a number of grain production areas and research institutions across NSW, Victoria and SA as part of the ongoing process of identifying and prioritising grains research in the southern cropping belt. Mr Enright thanks outgoing chair Ian MacKinnon and other retiring panel members for their contribution. "Ian MacKinnon has given more than 14 years of valuable service to the GRDC as both member and chair of the southern panel. He has been instrumental in forging close links between the GRDC and graingrowers."
Chair: David Shannon David is a broadacre farmer from Kapunda, SA. His farming operation comprises grain production and sheep for wool and meat. He was awarded a Nuffield Farming scholarship in 1987. David was the founding chairman of the Australian Durum Industry Association and he is an R&D committee member.
Jeff Arney Farmer and new panel member from bordertown, SA, Jeff, has just put together the first Landcare project in the south-eastern region of South Australia. Jeff is a board member of the molecular plant breeding CRC, a SAFF Grains council member, chair of the Plant Health Southern Biosecurity Committee, Plant Breeders" Rights Advisory Committee member and chair of the Grains Council of Australia"s rust forum working group.
Andy Barr Andy is a plant breeder from pinery via Owen in SA. He is a new panel member who has been involved in the release of, or has contributed to, 20 varieties of barley and oats. Andy manages and works the family farm growing bread and durum wheats, canola, malt and feed barley, oaten hay, lentils, peas and chickpeas.
Merna Curnow New member merna from Laanecoorie, Victoria, is a partner in a grain and prime lamb enterprise. She was formerly chair of the Victorian Education Committee and has spent five years as a member of the North Central Regional Assessment panel determining distribution of National Heritage Trust funding.
Dr Barbara Howlett Barbara continues as a panel member. She is a principal research fellow at the University of Melbourne"s School of Botany, where she is leading a team studying blackleg disease of canola. Barbara jointly leads an international Leptosphaeria maculans genome initiative.
Graeme Lukey As a new panel member,Vctorian-based Graeme brings with him extensive senior management and technical and strategic expertise in the cereals processing industry. He was previously a member of the Victorian Government"s Wheat Advisory Committee and is a member of the National Working party for Grain Protection.
Dr Allan Mayfield Allan is a continuing panel member from Clare, SA, who brings his experience as a farm adviser and independent consultant to the panel. He is chairman of the Grain Legume Handbook Committee, leader of the Eastern Grain and Graze Research Advisory panel and a member of the Crop Science Society Programming Committee. Allan was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2002 to study high yielding wheat production in Europe and New Zealand.
Dr Mark Peoples Assistant chief of CSIRo Plant Industry, Mark is also a plant physiologist and agronomist and a continuing panel member. His research interests focus primarily on management of soil nitrogen and water for more sustainable and profitable farming systems. He is a member of the CRC for Plant-Based Management of Dryland Salinity and the Australian Society of Agronomy.
Andrew Rice Andrew is a new panel member. He is from Parkes, NSW, where he works as an agricultural consultant, providing technical, marketing and business management advice. He is also an active partner in his family"s mixed farm and has been a field marketing agronomist and extension officer.
David Wolfenden Grain and sheep producer david, from Rand, NSW, is a continuing member of the GRDC"s southern panel. He is chairman of the Australian Wool Innovation"s Wool4Wealth Project Advisory Panel, an advisory board member of Farrer Agricultural Innovation Park, and a member of the Riverine Plains Farming Systems Group and the Eastern Overview Group of the Kondinin Group.