GRDC announces new northern panel chair
Author: Sarah Jeffrey | Date: 18 Jul 2016
The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) has today announced the appointment of New South Wales grain grower and agricultural consultant John Minogue to the role of northern panel chair.
Mr Minogue operates a mixed broadacre farming business and an agricultural consultancy, Agricultural and General Consulting, at Barmedman in south-west NSW and is a former GRDC southern panel member.
He replaces outgoing panel chair James Clark, a widely-respected and long serving GRDC northern panellist who has overseen the development and implementation of a progressive Northern Region Strategy in recent years to ensure that levy investment is well-targeted, nets a tangible return for growers and reflects growers’ research needs and priorities.
GRDC chairman Richard Clark said delivery of the Northern Region Strategy would continue to be a core priority for GRDC and the northern panel under Mr Minogue’s chairmanship.
“John brings vast experience to the northern panel chair role as a fifth generation grain grower, agricultural consultant, a former GRDC southern panel member and more recently as a northern panellist,” Mr Clark said.
“Importantly, John is a strong leader with the ability to galvanise an effective team. This will enable the northern panel to continue providing a strong voice for Queensland and NSW growers to ensure that their research needs and priorities are communicated back to the research community and GRDC.”
An enduring strength of the GRDC, the panel system provides a practical conduit between growers, the research community and GRDC and plays an important advisory and strategic role in GRDC investments across the research, development and extension (RD&E) spectrum.
“An effective panel is fundamental to progressing the Northern Region Strategy which aims to improve the productivity and profitability of northern grain operations, build research capacity and address succession planning within our research community as well as increase GRDC’s presence within the key production areas of NSW and Queensland,” Mr Clark said.
“Outgoing chair James Clark has played a pivotal role in the development of the Northern Region Strategy, having served as a panellist since 2005 and panel chair since 2008 and I’d like to thank him for his invaluable contribution to both GRDC and the wider northern grains industry”.
The GRDC’s northern region which stretches from the Victorian/NSW border to central Queensland, represents the most diverse production region in Australia, characterised by relatively high seasonal rainfall and production variability, high inherent soil fertility and the production of a broad range of winter and summer crops.
Given the region’s diversity, northern panellists are strategically located across NSW and Queensland and bring a broad range of farming, agronomic and research expertise to the table.
The current northern panel incorporates Mr Minogue; NSW grower Tony Hamilton, Forbes; NSW agronomy consultant Andrew McFadyen, Coolah; Queensland grower Arthur Gearon, Chinchilla; former southern panel member and NSW grower 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, Goondiwindi; and GRDC executive manager research programs, Brondwen MacLean, Canberra.
Mr Minogue officially begins his tenure as northern panel chair on September 1, 2016. This will be closely followed by the GRDC northern panel’s spring tour across Queensland, giving growers an opportunity to meet the new panel chair and northern panellists. Further details will soon be available on the events page of the GRDC website.
Sarah Jeffrey, Senior Consultant Cox Inall Communications
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