Cotton Resource Management Appointments

18 October, 2004

In recognition of its role at the forefront of the adoption of Best Management Practices (BMP), the Cotton CRC has received funds from the National Action Plan for Salinity and Water Quality for a new extension project focusing on Natural Resource Management (NRM) in irrigated cotton and grain.

__The funds will be used to provide growers with technical support in the adoption of the new Land and Water BMP, and to access environmental research, according to Geoff McIntyre, Cotton CRC Program Leader, Education and Technology Transfer.

Portion of the funds have been used to appoint two new Cotton CRC staff for the NRM project: Susan Maas (right) at Emerald in Central Queensland, and Veronica Chapman (left), based at St George, working with growers within the Queensland Murray Darling Basin in the St George, Dirranbandi, Border Rivers and Darling Downs regions.

__They will have a similar role to Cotton Industry Development Officers, but with an NRM focus, helping growers access technical and research information, as well as other growers’ experiences of issues such as riparian and biodiversity management and water quality.

Prior to arriving in St George a month ago, Veronica Chapman worked with DPI&F in Emerald for six years in the areas of climate applications and dryland cropping systems.

Susan Maas has most recently been working for a private company consulting in natural resource management to coal mining and other industries.

Over the next few weeks, they will be bringing together members of regional NRM groups and the cotton industry to set detailed targets for the project over the next three years.

More information can be obtained from Veronica Chapman at St George DPI&F on 07 4620 8103 or Susan Maas at DPI&F Emerald on 07 4983 7401.