Industry leader's work recognised

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GRDC Chairman Keith Perrett is Australia’s first Farm Industry Leader of the Year, receiving the honour in September at the inaugural Australian Farmer of the Year Awards in Sydney.

GRDC managing director Peter Reading congratulated Mr Perrett on receiving the award, which recognises his outstanding leadership and decades of service to the agriculture industry.

“Keith is an example of an Australian farmer who’s committed not only to the success of his own farming enterprise, but also to the resilience of the grains industry and rural communities throughout Australia,” Mr Reading said. “On behalf the GRDC Board and staff I congratulate Keith on receiving this recognition for the considerable contribution he’s made to Australian rural industries over many years. We thank him for his dedication, outstanding leadership and service to the grains industry,” he said.

The Australian Farmer of the Year Awards were developed by the Kondinin Group and ABC Rural to acknowledge the skills of Australian farmers and reward their commitment to the sustainable growth of their farm businesses.

The Rabobank Farm Industry Leader of the Year award recognises farmers who pursue industry development beyond their own farm gate creating positive change for Australian agriculture.

In receiving the Award, Mr Perrett acknowledged the support of his family and staff. “It takes a team to run a farming enterprise and without the advice, support and hard work from the whole team – my family, my farm manager, my agronomist and livestock agent – I wouldn’t have been able to spend so much time away from the farm,” Mr Perrett said. “Being a grain grower is extremely rewarding – I get to do what I love every day and am privileged to be able to also make a positive impact on the broader industry through the work I do off-farm.”

Mr Perrett and his family run ‘Dunmohr’, a mixed farming operation with a grains focus at Gunnedah in northern NSW. Mr Perrett was appointed GRDC Chairman in October 2007. He is the Chairman of the National Rural Advisory Council, which advises the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry on rural issues, including Exceptional Circumstances declarations.

The new Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Joe Ludwig, has re-appointed Mr Perrett as the GRDC chairman for another three-year term until 30 September 2013.

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