July 3, 2013
Riverina farmers are set to benefit from the appointment of new livestock, cropping and research and development roles at the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Wagga Wagga Agricultural Institute.
The appointment of the new roles is part of the DPI’s focus on delivering world-class research and industry development.
DPI Director Plant Systems, Dr Alison Bowman, said Wagga Wagga is one of five flagship locations across the State.
“Wagga Wagga is the key focus for southern cropping and mixed farming systems,” Dr Bowman said.
“Working with the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), this has led to the creation of a number of new R&D roles in dryland cropping, soils, water and pasture production.”
Wagga Wagga appointments:
– Rohan Brill, Development Officer Southern Dryland Systems
– Steve Exton, Leader Beef Performance
– Nigel Philips, Leader Slopes and Rangelands Systems
Dr Bowman said Mr Rohan Brill joined DPI in 2007 and has extensive expertise in broadacre farming systems, including water utilisation, sustainable weed management and linking climate with crop development and yield.
DPI Director Livestock Systems, Delia Dray said Wagga Wagga is a major focus for livestock nutrition, industry development and pasture research.
“Renowned beef expert, Steve Exton, has been appointed as leader beef performance and will work the State’s beef industry to deliver world-class research,” Ms Dray said.
“Steve will oversee a team of beef research and industry development officers, located in key beef centres across the State.
“Nigel Philips takes on the important role of Leader Slopes and Rangelands Systems and will coordinate pasture research and development activities in key cropping and rangeland areas in NSW.
“Nigel Philips is well-known to southern NSW farmers and has been involved in a number of agronomy issues throughout his career, including seed production, pasture development and impact of bushfires on soil nutrition and crop and pasture production.”