2016 Growth Awards nominees announced

2016 Growth Awards nominees announced

From Carnarvon in Western Australia to Griffith in New South Wales and across the Tasman to Katikati in New Zealand, 57 leading agribusiness professionals have been named nominees for the 2016 Syngenta Growth Awards. The Growth Awards aim to recognise leading agriculture professionals, highlighting their outstanding contributions to the industry across three award categories: Productivity;…

New dairy president for WAFarmers

New dairy president for WAFarmers

WAFarmers has welcomed Brunswick dairy farmer Michael Partridge to the position of WAFarmers Dairy Council President at the 2016 WAFarmers Dairy Conference. During the Annual General Meeting in Busselton, Phil Depiazzi stepped down from the role of President following four years at the helm. “I’ve really enjoyed working with such a dedicated dairy council, which…

Northern panel chair champions on-farm innovation

Northern panel chair champions on-farm innovation

Incoming Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) northern panel chair John Minogue is a firm believer in innovation, and feels effective communication between growers, the research community and the GRDC is the best way to see it continue on-farm. Mr Minogue describes himself as vertically integrated in the grains industry, being a fifth generation farmer…

Next generation plant scientists grow to top

Next generation plant scientists grow to top

A giant two kilogram sunflower grown by Glasshouse Christian College has topped the 2016 University of Queensland Sunflower Competition. The 2.023kg sunflower topped a weigh-in at UQ Gatton campus on May 17 2016, after 3000 high school students put their plant science skills to the test in the classroom. Head of Agricultural Science at Glasshouse…

Philip Davies - crown rot researcher

Philip Davies - crown rot researcher

Wheat varieties with improved resistance and tolerance to the devastating crown rot disease are edging closer to commercial reality following significant industry investment in pre-breeding research. The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) has been investing in pre-breeding programs at the University of Sydney’s Plant Breeding Institute (PBI) at Narrabri for more than five years,…