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2018 GRDC Grains Research Update, Perth 26 and 27 February

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GIWA Careers in Grain Marketing & Communications Officer

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2017 GRDC Grains Research Updates - Presentations

View and download the presentations made at the 2017 GRDC Grains Research Updates below. Perth (..

WA Grains Industry Strategy 2025+

A $10 Billion Vision for the Future: WA Grains Industry Strategy 2025+ Following the fourth ..

GIWA Executive

Bob Nixon - Chair GIWA Executive

Bob Nixon runs a broad acre farming operation, near Kalannie in the Central Wheatbelt of Western Australia. In partnership with his wife, parents, two brothers and staff, the Nixons have a cropping program of 15,000HA planted to wheat, barley and canola and a family run gypsum mining operation.

Bob is a member of the Liebe Grower Group, the local GRDC Regional Cropping Solutions Network, and is a 2014 Nuffield Scholar, whose research project focused on managing production risk in the dry and variable climate of Western Australia’s eastern wheat belt through crop rotation and diversity, reducing input costs and benefitting from economies of scale. Bob has been a member of the GIWA Wheat Council since 2016.

Lyndon Mickel - Chair, GIWA Barley Council

Lyndon Mickel is a broadacre cropping and livestock farmer in the Condingup/ Beaumont region east of Esperance. Farming 6,000 ha with his wife, Nikki and his parents, Ian and Veronica, they crop barley, wheat, canola and field peas, along with 1500 merino breeding ewes.

Lyndon has been on the SEPWA Executive committee since 2005, and served as President from 2010 to 2012. He was recently appointed as the chair of the GIWA Barley Council, taking over the reins from long-time Chairman Steve Tilbrook. Lyndon provides business acumen and a grower's prospective to the GIWA team.

Michael Lamond - Chair, GIWA Oilseeds Council

Michael Lamond is currently self employed as a consultant.

Previously, he was National Leader Agronomy with Eurofins from September 2013 to January 2016. Michael was a Director of Agrisearch Services and Principal Plant Breeding and Biotechnology from August 2000 to September 2013 until the business was sold to Eurofins.

Michael has conducted and been in charge of canola field trials in WA and across Australia since 1992 for the majority of the canola breeding companies operating in Australia and has conducted or been involved in a number of canola agronomy system developments and other trait development projects. He was a member of the National Advisory Committee for the NVT (National Variety Trials) from 2004 until 2015 and was in charge of a number of canola NVT’s in NSW, Victoria, and WA.

Will Carrington-Jones - Chair, GIWA Oat Council

Will Carrington-Jones farms south of Kojonup and west of Tambellup on a mixed sheep and grain property. His family moved there in 1957 from the eastern states and started developing the largely bush block. The cropping enterprise grows oats, wheat, canola and silage totalling approx. 1600 hectares.

Will has been a member of the Western Oat Alliance and then GIWA since 2006. He has worked as a grower representative on a number of grain industry projects, the most recent being the High Rainfall Project out of Katanning.

Brian Pover - Chair, GIWA Pulse Council

Brian Pover originated from the great southern area of WA in a mixed farming enterprise west of Mt Barker. Previously Brian was a Director and Vice Chairman of National Rural Independents. He has been a Business Owner and Agronomist of Rural Merchandise Business in the mid-west for the past 20 years.

Brian currently farms 1,000 hectares and is Manager Director of Coorow Seeds which involves international and domestic grain trading and market development. Brian is a member of the Australian Seed Federation who continue production and distribution of new seed varieties and was a member of Pulse WA for over 10 years.

Neil Hooper - Treasurer & Independent Executive Member

Neil Hooper grew up on the family farm in Merredin before heading to Perth where he graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1988. Neil worked as an accountant in Perth until returning to Merredin in 1992 to join Byfields. Neil has been servicing farmer clients since that time.

Neil became a partner of Byfields in 1996 is a Certified Practising Accountant as well as a Chartered Accountant.

Even though Neil is now based in Perth he has maintained his close links to the farming community as his family continues to farm in the Merredin area. He has been a member of the Australian Association of Agricultural Consultants of Western Australia for several years and attends various Agricultural seminars throughout WA.

Neil is passionate about broadacre agriculture in WA and believes the agricultural industry deserves to be serviced by specialists and has focused on consistently providing this service to his clients over the last 20 years.

Crawford Taylor - GIWA Careers in Grain Council

Crawford Taylor is Chair of the Careers in Grain Council and the WA State Manager of Rabobank. Crawford grew up on the family farm at Tambellup, in the Great Southern region of WA. 

A graduate of the Muresk Institute of Agriculture, Crawford has worked in banking for over 25 years in a variety of account management and management positions across Australia and New Zealand. Crawford has a passion for the attraction and retention of human talent in agriculture, which he sees as the cornerstone required for Australia to meet the demanding challenge of sustainably feeding a growing global population.

Susan Hall - Independent

Susan Hall is a former AGI Council representative and member of the GRDC Western Panel. Susan works as an independent consultant delivering project and stakeholder management, communications, extension and facilitation to the agricultural industry. Susan is passionate about contributing to the development of skills and capacity throughout the grains industry, particularly through her role in being the key driver to the AGI Capacity Building project, and her time on the GIWA Executive.

Susan has a MBA from the University of Western Australia and a Bachelor of Art (Communications) degree from Curtin University.

Mark Narustrang - Independent

Mark Narustrang is Principal Consultant and Director at Pivotal Point Strategic Directions (PPSD). He works with Boards and Executive in improving their business performance and resolving complex problems through strategic and commercial analysis and independent advice. Mark has worked with a number of significant agribusinesses in Australia as both a consultant and a senior manager, including 11 years at CBH, most recently as the Group Strategy and Innovation Manager.  Mark has also worked in the Finance and Banking Industry. This experience gives Mark a well-informed, balanced, strategic and analytical view of WA's internationally focused grain supply chain.

Mark has a Bachelor of Business, is a CPA, a graduate of the AICD and a Fellow of FINSIA. 

Rob Dickie - Independent

Rob Dickie is currently the Government and Industry Relations Advisor with CBH Group. Prior to this Rob has 3 years’ experience at Joe White Maltings (Cargill Malt) in Adelaide, SA as the Malt Marketing Manager, Asia Pacific. Rob has ten years’ experience working with CBH Group in a variety of domestic and International grain marketing roles. Rob has previously worked for AWB and the WA Minister for Primary Industry; Fisheries.

Rob has a Master of Marketing and Bachelor of Business (Agriculture) and has experience on a number of state and national grain industry representative bodies including the AOF, Oilseeds WA, GIWA, Barley Australia, GTA and GAFTA and is a current member of the UWA Institute of Agriculture Industry Advisory Board.

Peter Metcalfe - Independent

Peter Metcalfe’s farming background and Bachelor of Business (Agriculture), combined with a career spanning 30 years at the department, confirms his commitment to the State’s agrifood sector. Fostering a strong grains sector under his guidance, led to the development of the Australian Export Grains Innovation Centre (AEGIC) and to the creation of GIWA. His desire to create a more sustainable agrifood sector relies on Peter’s ability to work in partnership with key policy makers, industry leaders and funding bodies both within and outside of Australia. Peter is DAFWA’s Executive Director of Grains and Livestock Industries, with a focus on building a more robust and resilient industry that aims to double its value by 2025 through increased productivity, improved business skills and broader export market options.