Merna Curnow reappointed to GRDC Southern Panel (South, 12 June 2008)

Central Victorian farmer Merna Curnow has been reappointed to the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Southern Panel.

Ms Curnow is one of three Victorians appointed to the Panel, which is chaired by South Australian grower David Shannon.

Mr Shannon said Ms Curnow had played a prominent role in representing Victorian grain producers and promoting the role of women in primary industry.

“Merna brings a passion for agriculture to the Panel,” he said. “She is a partner in a mixed farming business at Laanecoorie that produces grain and prime lambs.

“Merna was awarded a Centenary Medal for services to the promotion and recognition of women in primary industry. She has been vice-president of the Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) Grains Council and chair of the VFF Education Committee. She was the inaugural chair of the national Partners in Grain project and is a member of the Grains Industry Training Network.”

The GRDC Southern Panel plays a critical role in determining the Corporation’s research priorities for the southern region, which incorporates SA, southern NSW, Victoria and Tasmania. The Panel is the interface between the GRDC and growers, research partners and industry.

New appointments to the panel include Victorian supply chain consultant John Crosbie, Naringaningalook (VIC) grower Peter Schwarz, Mallala (SA) grower Richard Konzag and Charles Sturt University lecturer and researcher Dr Chris Blanchard.

Reappointments to the panel include Mr Shannon, SA grower and former plant breeder Professor Andrew Barr, Clare (SA) consultant Dr Allan Mayfield, CSIRO Plant Industry researcher Dr Mark Peoples and Parkes (NSW) consultant and farmer Andrew Rice. The Panel also includes GRDC executive managers John Harvey and Gavin Whiteley.

• For more information contact the GRDC on (02) 6166 4565.
• www.grdc.com.au/panels2008

Region South, North