Growers will benefit from a $130m deal
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.”
BIG STEP: Brondwen MacLean and Ashley Webb announcing the Grains R&D Bilateral deal.