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Source: New South Wales Department of Primary Industries

1 May 2020

NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Southern Cropping director, Deb Slinger, today congratulated Andrew Carmichael, who has been appointed to lead cropping research in southern NSW.

“Farmers in NSW’s southern cropping region are set to benefit from research and development activities, which Mr Carmichael will help deliver as leader of our Agronomy and Crop Protection teams,” Ms Slinger said.

“Based at the Wagga Wagga Agricultural Institute (WWAI), Andrew will play a major role in driving NSW DPI’s collaboration with the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC).

“In leading agronomy and crop protection research, Andrew will support a team of pathology and entomology researchers and research agronomists at WWAI who are investigating production solutions for cereal, oil seed and pulse producers.

“Time of sowing, crop variety selection, agronomic support packages and the investigation of disease impacts and vectors in southern cereal and pulse crops are important areas of research for the teams.”

Mr Carmichael has a strong agricultural background with broad industry experience as a sixth generation farmer, adviser and farm business consultant, which will positively contribute to his role with NSW DPI.

A Climate Champion Program representative and past member of the GRDC Regional Cropping Solutions Network group and NSW Rural Assistance Authority Committee, Andrew brings a sound knowledge of grains production and the economic impacts of drought and climate variability.

Mr Carmichael has gained valuable experience in his new leadership role, after acting in the position since October 2019.

A Charles Sturt University Wagga Wagga alumnus, Mr Carmichael has been awarded a Bachelor of Applied Science degree and Graduate Diploma Agriculture by the university.

Photographs available from bernadette.york@dpi.nsw.gov.au.

Media contact: Bernadette York 0427 773 785

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