New adoption officers target cane varieties, harvesting

Varieties, harvesting drive sugar research efforts

INDUSTRY GROWTH: Sugar Research Australia has appointed two new officers to its adoption team.

INDUSTRY GROWTH: Sugar Research Australia has appointed two new officers to its adoption team.

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Sugar Research Australia has appointed two new officers to its adoption team.

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TWO new officers have been appointed to Sugar Research Australia’s (SRA) adoption team. 

Tracy Hay is based at Meringa and has experience in agriculture, including a recent role as a technical field officer with Mossman Agricultural Services, where she has worked closely with growers from the Mossman and Tablelands regions. She will be working as SRA’s adoption officer for varieties, where she will assist with the appropriate uptake of new varieties by growers.

Carol-Anne Norris is based at Mackay and has experience stakeholder relationship management and project management through prior work with North Queensland Bulk Ports. She will be working as an adoption officer for harvesting, working alongside Phil Patane, who is leading a coordinated adoption program that is optimising the efficiency of sugarcane harvesting.

Carol-Anne Norris is based at Mackay.

Carol-Anne Norris is based at Mackay.

The SRA adoption team is an interface between sugarcane growers and millers and their industry-owned company (IOC), SRA. The adoption team is a vital link in helping see research investment translated into practical and useful outcomes on-farm, and at the mill.

Both adoption officers will work closely with growers, millers, productivity services organisations, private sector extension providers, SRA staff, and others, to deliver profitability outcomes for growers and millers.

Tracy Hay is based at Meringa.

Tracy Hay is based at Meringa.

SRA chief executive officer Neil Fisher welcomed Ms Norris and Ms Hay to SRA, where they will be working on two crucial impact areas for the Australian sugarcane industry – varieties, and harvesting.

“Variety selection is a critical decision for sugarcane growers and millers, and this role is an opportunity to help deliver positive outcomes for the Australian sugarcane industry,” Mr Fisher said.

“Likewise, the industry has identified the opportunity of optimising the efficiency of sugarcane harvest, and this project is working closely with growers and operators in the field in their own conditions to improve harvesting efficiency.”

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