Rare hon­our for our mung bean man Paul McIntosh

AMA life mem­ber­ship for decades of ser­vice

The Western Star - - RURAL WEEKLY - ME­GAN MAS­TERS me­gan.mas­ters@thechron­i­cle.com.au

PAUL McIntosh walked through his first mung bean field way back in 1985 and had no idea how much po­ten­tial there was in the hum­ble lit­tle legume.

Fast for­ward 32 years and his con­tri­bu­tion to its de­vel­op­ment as one of the coun­try’s most lu­cra­tive crops has been sig­nif­i­cant enough to earn him a cov­eted life mem­ber­ship in the Aus­tralian Mung­bean As­so­ci­a­tion.

Mr McIntosh is well known for his work with the Aus­tralian Her­bi­cide Re­sis­tance Ini­tia­tive and Pulse Aus­tralia, which the AMA is a mem­ber of.

De­spite his reg­u­lar pre­sen­ta­tions at AMA meet­ings and be­ing the go-to guy for mung bean crops across the coun­try, Mr McIntosh was never a mem­ber of the in­dus­try as­so­ci­a­tion.

That all changed at the Aus­tralian Mung­bean As­so­ci­a­tion an­nual gen­eral meet­ing, where the life mem­ber­ship was be­stowed on Mr McIntosh in highly un­ex­pected fash­ion.

He said he had long been linked with the AMA thanks to the body’s mem­ber­ship within Pulse Aus­tralia, but had never ac­tu­ally joined as a mem­ber in all of his years of speak­ing at the as­so­ci­a­tion’s meet­ings.

As such he was more than a lit­tle sur­prised at the hon­our.

“It was a bit of a shock,” Mr McIntosh said.

“I didn’t give it one thought. “I had two guest speak­ers and I was in and out, shep­herd­ing them around.

“(The AMA board were) all in there laugh­ing and do­ing busi­ness and I’m out there talk­ing to guest speak­ers when (AMA pres­i­dent) Mark Sch­midt grabbed me.

“I had no idea about the hon­our and no idea about

❝ He’s sup­posed to give us two days but he re­ally goes over and be­yond. — Mark Sch­midt, AMA pres­i­dent

any­thing – I was a dummy.

“But there are some very highly re­garded peo­ple who are al­ready life mem­bers and it’s very nice to be counted among their per­son­ages.”

AMA pres­i­dent Mark Sch­midt said the as­so­ci­a­tion pro­vided life mem­ber­ships only to peo­ple who had made a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion – and Mr McIntosh more than fit the bill.

“We thought it was timely be­cause of Paul’s work in the agron­omy field to make him a life mem­ber,” Mr Sch­midt said.

“Paul has al­ways been an ad­vo­cate of mung beans for a long time.

“In Au­gust last year we made an ar­range­ment that Paul would pro­vide two days of his time to the as­so­ci­a­tion.

“Part of Paul’s roles and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties is to as­sist the AMA in pro­mot­ing mung beans, pro­vid­ing agro­nomic sup­port, run­ning any field days and also the pulse agron­omy projects and chem­i­cal reg­is­tra­tions.

“He’s sup­posed to give us two days but he re­ally goes over and be­yond.”

Mr Sch­midt said it was a rare hon­our, with only 12 life mem­ber­ships be­stowed in 30 years of the AMA.

PHOTO: ME­GAN MAS­TERS

TRUE DED­I­CA­TION: Paul McIntosh has been granted life mem­ber­ship to the Aus­tralian Mung­bean As­so­ci­a­tion af­ter 32 years of ser­vice to the in­dus­try.

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