David McNeil Appointed To Reinvigorate Tropical Cropping Research

David McNeil Appointed To Reinvigorate Tropical Cropping Research

Western Australia Minister for Agriculture and Food Alannah MacTiernan

Northern Irrigated Agriculture To Advance With New Appointment

Victor P Taffa

  • Irrigated agriculture research in the State’s north boosted with new appointment to lead tropical cropping research
  • McGowan Government committed to advancing agricultural production in the north, driving growth and jobs in the region

Irrigated agriculture in the State’s north has been given a boost with the appointment of respected agricultural scientist, David McNeil to drive a reinvigorated tropical cropping research program in the region.

“It is fantastic to have Professor McNeil on board, who will play an instrumental role in leading the department’s efforts to take irrigated agriculture in the Ord River Irrigation Area to the next level.” Minister for Agriculture and Food Alannah MacTiernan said.

“Professor McNeil and his team will work closely with industry, governments and researchers to ensure there is strong science behind new crop opportunities to advance globally competitive irrigated agricultural production in the region.”

Professor McNeil returns to Western Australia, after serving as an agronomist in the Kimberley region in the 1980’s, with more than 40 years of experience in farming systems research and new industry development in Australia, New Zealand, Europe and the United States.

Professor McNeil will be based at the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development’s Frank Wise Research Institute, leading a team of experts committed to advancing current research into food and fibre crops, as well as examining opportunities to cultivate new crops in the region.

Professor McNeil will work closely with local growers and industry, while also building collaborations with the public and private sector research community including universities, the Cooperative Research Centre for Developing Northern Australia and the Northern Australia Crop Research Alliance.

Professor McNeil will also continue his work in the region with the department and an international consortium exploring the potential to cultivate plantago, an herbaceous plant from which psyllium is produced for use in supplements and as a replacement for gluten.