Wed 28, Feb 2018
Peter has worked professionally in the northern wheatbelt of Western Australia since he completed a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (Honours) at the University of Western Australia in 1993.
Over this 24-year period he has worked as an advisor, agronomist, researcher and extension specialist, in both the private and public sectors.
From his base in Geraldton, Peter has had a significant impact on the development and extension of options to manage weeds in cropping systems across the State, Australia and the world.
State Chair Don Burnside travelled with Lyn Abbott to Northampton for the presentation of the Award at the GRDC Geraldton Region Crop Updates (being run by GIWA) on Friday 23rd February.
Don writes that the event was hosted very capably by the Northern Agri-Group, which involves farmers located in the Northampton Shire. It was a stimulating event with about 100 people present, about half farmers and half industry and R,D&E people. The mood in the room was very upbeat.
Peter was quite chuffed to receive his Award and was warmly congratulated by those present. In his response, he acknowledged the support received from colleagues and the enterprising and innovative nature of the farming community in that area.
Personally, I was impressed with the great rapport between the farmers and R,D&E practitioners, and the quality of the presentations and general discussion. Overall it was a great day and we were glad to have been part of it.
AIA WA Division
(L-R) Ian Longson (past National Chair of AIA, and GIWA Business Manager), Peter Newman (2017 Award of Excellence Winner) and Don Burnside (AIA WA Division Chair)
Christine Zaicou (past Award of Excellence winner) and Peter Newman.