Nine Sunrice candidates
NINE ricegrowers will stand for the SunRice Board of Directors elections, to be held on August 23.
SunRice released the list of candidates last week, and postal ballot papers will be sent to shareholders this week.
There are four board positions available.
Deniliquin ricegrower John Bradford, Coleambally ricegrower Peter O’Connor, SunRice’s largest shareholder Julian Menegazzo and current directors Alan Walsh, Laurie Arthur and Mark Robertson were announced as nominees several weeks ago.
Joining them is Griffith farmer Glen Andreazza, Coleambally ricegrower Scott Hogan and former Murrumbidgee Irrigation chairman Dick Thompson.
The votes are due back by noon, August 23, and the successful nominees will be announced on the same day.
Mr Andreazza has almost 30 years of ricegrowing experience, and said his focus would be on maximising returns for ricegrowers and investor shareholders, and reducing debt.
The 44 year-old mixed cropping farmer has been involved in the Ricegrowers’ Association (RGA) for about eight years, and has been the Mirrool RGA branch president for three years.
Mr Hogan is also a mixed cropping farmer, and said he wants to see SunRice ‘‘keep going in the right direction’’.
He is vice president of his local RGA branch, and is junior vice president of the RGA Central Executive serving on the Water Committee of the RGA and the Environmental Committee of the RGA.
He is also Chairman of Bio-Security and Climate Change committees on the RGA.
unity, leadership and succession planning.
Mr Thompson has been growing rice at his Hanwood property, near Griffith, for 40 years, and is chairman of Southern Agventure and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
He has previously held roles with the RGA, including on the central executive and the economic sub-committee, and been involved with the Murray-Darling Basin Community Committee, Murrumbidgee Catchment Management Authority, and was treasurer of NSW Irrigators’ Council.
If elected, Mr Thompson said he would reduce his workload in other areas to focus on SunRice.
John Lacy (pictured) is currently Industry Leader Rice Farming Systems at Yanco and is due to retire at the end of this month.
Mr Lacy said a much treasured career highlight was receiving the Honorary Councillor Award in 1997 from the Ricegrowers’ Association of Australia.
‘‘I have loved working with farmers in rice and winter cropping discussion groups, which ran for 17 years, and which I’ve revised in the past couple of years,’’ Mr Lacy said.
‘‘You can learn a great deal from farmers in discussion groups and benchmarking farmers’ crops remains a great passion of mine.’’
Director General of NSW DPI, Dr Richard Sheldrake, congratulated Mr Lacy on his outstanding contribution to the State.
‘‘John has left a significant legacy in the grains industry and the Department, he was recently presented with his 40 Year Service Award and was acknowledged for his many achievements in the NSW rice industry since he started work as an Agricultural Science Trainee in 1971,’’ Dr Sheldrake said.
‘‘His career highlights includes the pioneering of the Cropcheck concept, through his development of the Finley Five Tonne Wheat Club in 1984.
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