Grow­ers will ben­e­fit from a $130m deal

Central and North Burnett Times - - RURAL WEEKLY -

NSW grain grow­ers will ben­e­fit from the new ap­point­ment by the NSW De­part­ment of Pri­mary In­dus­tries to man­age DPI re­search and de­vel­op­ment projects as part of the re­cently an­nounced 10-year $130 mil­lion DPI and GRDC Bi­lat­eral Agree­ment.

DPI group di­rec­tor plant sys­tems Dr Alison Bow­man wel­comed the ap­point­ment of Dr Ash­ley Webb to the role of man­ager, NSW Grains R&D Bi­lat­eral, based at Tam­worth Agri­cul­tural In­sti­tute, to strengthen the part­ner­ship be­tween DPI and GRDC.

“Ash­ley has been em­ployed by DPI since 2013 as Leader Soils North. He and his team have had a port­fo­lio of projects to in­crease agri­cul­tural pro­duc­tiv­ity and sus­tain­abil­ity across mul­ti­ple sec­tors with a di­verse range of co-in­vestors, in­clud­ing sev­eral re­search and de­vel­op­ment cor­po­ra­tions,” Dr Bow­man said. “Prior to DPI, Ash­ley was em­ployed for 12 years by Forests NSW/ Forestry Cor­po­ra­tion, where he spe­cialised in the re­search and man­age­ment of soil and wa­ter is­sues.

“His pro­fes­sional skills and ex­pe­ri­ence will pro­vide strate­gic lead­er­ship to en­sure open and im­par­tial ad­vice is pro­vided to the man­age­ment and tech­ni­cal com­mit­tees re­lat­ing to the bi­lat­eral projects.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

BIG STEP: Brondwen MacLean and Ash­ley Webb an­nounc­ing the Grains R&D Bi­lat­eral deal.

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