Boggabilla grower to head up GRDC

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New GRDC chair John Woods

Boggabilla, NSW, grain grower John Woods has been appointed the new GRDC chair, replacing Queensland grower Richard Clark. The three-year appointment was announced by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce.

Mr Joyce said that as a current GRDC director and the owner and manager of Booroola Pastoral Co, Mr Woods is well placed to take on the leadership role: “He brings valuable on-farm experience from his 5200-hectare agribusiness, covering cropping operations in northern NSW and southern Queensland, and professional qualifications in applied science in rural technology and agribusiness."

Mr Woods is also involved with the National Agricultural Monitoring System, National Rural Advisory Council, Chemcert®  Australia training (Queensland), Rural Financial Counselling Service Review Committee, Cotton Australia, Agricultural Finance Forum, Farmsafe Queensland, Queensland Farmers Federation and FarmBis.”

Mr Joyce also thanked outgoing chair Richard Clark for the leadership, skills and expertise he brought to the GRDC: “During Mr Clark’s time as chair, he led the corporation to focus more on strategic partnerships, such as that with Bayer, and strengthened regional ties, with the roll-out of regional offices across the country," he said.

More information:

Kylie Dunstan, GRDC,

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