Media Release

New board appointments for Cotton RDC

22 October 2014

A new board responsible for research, development and extension investment for the cotton industry was announced today by Australian Agriculture Minister, Barnaby Joyce.

"The Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC) supports research endeavours that underpin a profitable, sustainable and dynamic Australian cotton industry," Minister Joyce said.

"This new board will help steer investment in our $2.2 billion cotton industry.

"In 2014-15 our growers and the Australian Government will invest $24 million with the clear aim to increase the profitability and competitiveness of this valuable industry.

"Key areas for investment to underpin our cotton industry's continued competitiveness include a focus on protection from pests and improvement in crop management to generate better quality and greater yields," Minister Joyce said.

New CRDC board members appointed until 30 September 2017 are:

  • Ms Kathryn Adams (Queensland): non-executive director for Dairy Futures CRC, Pork CRC, Farm Future Industries CRC and Agriculture Victoria Services
  • Mrs Liz Alexander (Queensland): Principal, Blue Dog Agribusiness; director, Plant Health Australia
  • Mr Greg Kauter (NSW): agricultural consultant with more than 30 years of cotton industry experience.

The new appointees join existing board members who serve until 12 August 2016:

  • Dr Michael Robinson (NSW): chief executive officer, Plant Biosecurity Research Centre
  • Mr Cleave Rogan (Queensland): director, RowAg Investments with more than 30 years farming experience.

The Board will continue to be led by its current chair, Dr Mary Corbett.

"I want to thank the outgoing directors Mr Hamish Millar, Mr Richard Haire and Dr Lorraine Stephenson for their significant efforts to align research and development spending with tangible outcomes for growers," Minister Joyce said.