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Tue 25, Sep 2018

AIA is very pleased to announce two new Fellows, who have been recognised for their outstanding contribution to our organisation, and to the industry more generally.

David Hamilton has made an outstanding contribution to advancing Australian agriculture for some 40 years. Early in his career with Queensland Department of Primary Industries, he assisted in the establishment of the fledgling cotton industry, with an approach to crop health that has developed into integrated crop management. His extension skills were instrumental in motivating farmers to more carefully monitor crop growth, and irrigation scheduling, in conjunction with crop pest activity to improve productivity. David also led the “WHEATMAN” project, which, with a team across the wheat production regions of Queensland, saw the first foray into computer-based decision making for producers.

David has had important leadership roles with the Queensland Department, ultimately as General Manager, Plant Science. He has also served agriculture with distinction with appointments to the Cotton R&D Corporation Board, the boards of the Cotton CRCs, the GRDC Northern Panel and the boards of Emerald and Dalby Agricultural Colleges. Through these roles, he has been instrumental in shaping policy to improve agricultural productivity and sustainability.

David has been an enthusiastic supporter of AIA throughout his career with various state leadership roles, culminating as Chair of AIA. In that role he focussed on restoring financial stability, communication between Divisions, restoring professional accreditation and enhancing the influence of AIA through advocacy and policy.

In recognition of David Hamilton’s contribution to agriculture, both in the field and through senior policy roles, to his profession, and to the Institute, the Ag Institute of Australia is pleased to enrol him as a Fellow.

Natalie Moore has made a sustained and significant contribution to agriculture in Western Australia through provision of outstanding support to government committees, and the Executive of the WA Department of Primary Industries and Rural Development. In these roles, she has contributed to leadership in the development of strategic policy and planning, agency performance, inter-agency representation and governance from a policy perspective.

She co-authored the “Farm Monitoring Handbook” with RG Gilkes which has been a valuable practical resource about soil for farmers in Western Australia.

Her contributions within the WA Division of AIA are outstanding. She has continuously held committee roles (including President and AIA Board Member) since joining AIA as a student member. Natalie Moore’s demonstrated committed service to agriculture and the Institute make her a very worthy candidate for a Fellowship of the Ag Institute of Australia.

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