CottonInfo, the Australian cotton industry’s joint extension program, has announced that a new Regional Extension Officer, Andrew McKay, has joined the team.
Andrew will provide the latest research outcomes and findings direct to cotton growers, consultants and the wider cotton industry in the Border Rivers region, from his base in St George.
Andrew brings a strong understanding of cotton and the issues and challenges facing growers to the role, having previously worked as a manager at Vanderfield, Suncorp Group and Kulkine Pastoral Company.
“Andrew brings a passion for agriculture, a knowledge of the cotton industry and existing networks in the St George and wider Border Rivers region to the role of Regional Extension Officer,” said James Quinn, Marketing, Extension & Development Lead at Cotton Seed Distributors Ltd, one of the three joint partners in the CottonInfo venture.
“Andrew’s role will be to connect growers in the area with relevant industry research and best practice, supporting them to continue to increase their farm productivity.
“On behalf of the CottonInfo joint venture partners, we welcome Andrew to the team. We also thank former Border Rivers Regional Extension Officer, Sally Dickinson, for her work in this role since CottonInfo’s inception,” James said.
CottonInfo is a joint initiative of Cotton Seed Distributors (CSD), the Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC) and Cotton Australia. It is a unique industry partnership that aims to communicate the outcomes of research, encourage grower adoption and improve industry practices.
Andrew joins the 20-strong CottonInfo team, which includes his fellow on-the-ground regional extension officers across the cotton growing valleys, researchers who are technical leads in their specific fields and myBMP best management practice support staff.
Andrew, whose role is funded by Cotton Seed Distributors, started his role with CottonInfo today.