Strong leadership continues for Australia’s plant science industry

    26 November 2012

    Monday 26 November 2012 (Canberra) – CropLife Australia is pleased to announce the re-election of Nufarm General Manager Australasia, Lachie McKinnon, to his sixth term as President of CropLife. Mr McKinnon’s unmatched dedication and significant industry experience equip him well to continue to lead the organisation during what remain challenging times for the plant science industry in Australia.

    Joining Mr McKinnon on the CropLife Executive Committee are:

    • Vice President Crop Protection – Mr Damien Ryan, Managing Director, Sipcam Pacific Australia
    • Vice President Crop Biotechnology – Mr Daniel Kruithoff, Managing Director, Monsanto Australia Limited
    • Treasurer – Mr Dean Corbett, Chief Executive Officer, Accensi Pty Ltd

    In 2012/13 the following Board Directors will assist the Executive Committee in representing the interests of CropLife and its members:

    • Mr Joerg Ellmanns, Managing Director, Bayer CropScience Pty Ltd
    • Mr Peter Dryden, Managing Director, Dow AgroSciences Pty Ltd
    • Mr Scott Huf, Business Director, Australia and New Zealand, DuPont (Australia) Ltd
    • Mr David Peters, Managing Director, Farmoz Pty Ltd
    • Mr Paul Luxton, Territory Head – Australasia, Syngenta Crop Protection Pty Limited

    Chairing CropLife’s Standing Reference and Technical Committees will be:

    • Crop Protection Committee – Mr Paul Luxton, Syngenta Crop Protection Pty Limited
    • Crop Biotechnology Committee – Mr Daniel Kruithoff, Monsanto Australia Limited, whose nominated delegate will be Mr Michael Leader, Monsanto Australia Limited

    The Board continues to provide important strategic guidance for the CropLife Secretariat, led by Chief Executive Officer, Matthew Cossey.

    Mr Cossey today said, “There has never been a more important time for strong and effective advocacy for Australia’s plant science industry.

    “When it comes to supporting Australia’s farmers in increasing production while using resources efficiently and leaving the smallest possible environmental footprint, there is no industry more important than ours.

    “The challenges ahead in achieving global food security can be overcome but only if the effort, skill and innovation needed in producing food and fibre for an ever growing population are not taken for granted.

    “CropLife is fortunate that it represents the best of the plant science sector and has an experienced, professional and dedicated Board to continue to guide it at such a critical juncture in the history of Australian agriculture”, Mr Cossey concluded.

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