TOOWOOMBA-based QDAF researcher, Dr Paul Grundy, was named CSD Researcher of the Year at the 2017 Australian Cotton Industry Awards.
The award recognises his work alongside joint recipient, Ayr-based CSIRO researcher Dr Stephen Yeates, to improve the profitability of Central Queensland cotton farms.
Both researchers have enabled growers to improve farming systems and ultimately increase yields by up to 3 bales/ha with significant improvements in quality and colour.
Judges said the research team demonstrated a broad range of expertise, outstanding work in physiology and excellent collaboration.
"Paul and Steve conducted a huge volume of work delivering massive research impact, particularly for growers in the North and Central Queensland," judges explained.
"They demonstrated exceptional problem solving abilities in agronomy, physiology, entomology and extension.
"Throughout the course of their research they produced a vast array of papers, extension materials, conducted field days and conference presentations. Their commitment and service to industry also included leadership and the mentorship of young scientists.
"They maintained high visibility and accessibility for cotton growers, demonstrating excellent skill in distilling key messages, as well as presenting findings to growers, researchers and industry."
The award was presented before more than 380 cotton growers and industry representatives who gathered to celebrate the recipients of the 2017 Australian Cotton Industry Awards.
For the first time in the history of the awards, recipients for the Awards' five categories were announced in a ceremony held in Griffith, Southern NSW, tonight.
The Awards program recognises excellence and achievement in Australia's cotton industry throughout the supply chain, from growers and ginners to product suppliers, consultants, agronomists and researchers.
Dr Yeates and Dr Grundy's joint nomination was among an exceptional group of cotton industry members from across Queensland and NSW, who were named finalists for this year's CSD Researcher of the Year.
Recipients were selected based on their contributions to the cotton industry across a wide range of areas, including farming best practice, research and development, innovation, leadership and industry advocacy.
The 2017 Australian Cotton Industry Awards recipients are:
- Monsanto Grower of the Year: Cavaso Farming - Tony, Joyce, Matt and Daisy Toscan, Darlington Point, NSW. - pictured
- AgriRisk High Achiever of the Year: CSD Farming - Mark Cathcart ("CSD Farms", Wee Waa, NSW)
- ADAMA Chris Lehmann Trust Young Achiever of the Year: Fiona Norrie (Moree, NSW)
- Cotton Seed Distributors Researcher of the Year: Dr Paul Grundy and Dr Stephen Yeates (QDAF, Toowoomba & CSIRO Ayr, QLD)
- IPF Service to Industry Award: Michael Bennett ("Killowen", Narromine, NSW)
Cotton Australia CEO Adam Kay says all entrants in the Awards were of an extremely high standard once again.
"We had a substantial number of strong nominations for the Awards program this year, and all are deserving in many ways," Mr Kay said.
"I know the judges found it very difficult to select recipients from the finalists, all of whom have contributed greatly to our industry.
"The Australian Cotton Industry Awards are an important way of showcasing those who are achieving great things, and also a way of discovering new ambassadors for the industry.
"Unfortunately there can be only one recipient in each category, and our recipients this year are a great example of the commitment of everyone throughout the cotton supply chain. I congratulate them all."
Mr Kay said the Awards dinner was a huge success, bringing together growers and industry representatives from all corners of Australia's cotton-growing valleys.
Sponsors of this year's Awards were Monsanto, AgriRisk, ADAMA, Cotton Seed Distributors and IPF.
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