Panel Profile: John Minogue
John is a fifth generation farmer from Barmedman, New South Wales, where he has a 2000 hectare mixed farming and broadacre cropping operation. He also runs a consulting firm in West Wyalong, providing agronomy advice to local farmers.
“This is my second term on the GRDC panel. I joined the GRDC southern panel mainly to find out more about what GRDC does and how they do business and I have been involved in some of the work they have done. I also wanted to find out more about the investments being made by GRDC on behalf of growers,” he says.
“I’m most impressed in the rigour that’s involved and the choice of investments GRDC makes. I’m also impressed with the people that are working with the GRDC.”
Named the Central West Conservation Farmer of the Year in 2008 and a board member of the Lachlan Catchment Management Authority, John’s vast agricultural experience in Central West NSW has given him valuable insight into the long-term grains industry challenges.
Climate variability is one such issue, and he wants to see farm management practice evolve to adapt with changing climate conditions that are increasingly impacting on cropping profitability.
“Being able to adapt to climate variability and price fluctuations is key to ensuring that the farming business enterprise is resilient and viable well into the future. Growers need to be flexible and have access to various options throughout the year, so they can get an economic return at the end of the day.”
John is also a supporter of GRDC’s frost research initiatives. With frost having caused significant damage to NSW crops in recent years, John is encouraged to see ongoing research projects addressing frost-related issues.
“There are a number of research priorities that are being met with GRDC’s frost research investments – for example, there’s genetic screening, canopy management and timing of sowing. There’s a lot of research going on in that space trying to solve the problem.”
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