A Charles Sturt University (CSU) scientist with a passion for innovation to develop new products and markets for grain growers has been appointed to the Board of the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC).
Director of the ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre for Functional Grains at CSU, Professor Chris Blanchard began his three-year term on the GRDC Board on Sunday 1 October.
“My research interest is in the area of grain quality and investigating ways to improve the value of grain,” Professor Blanchard said.
“I’m looking forward to the opportunity of serving as a Board member of the Grains Research and Development Corporation to help drive investment in projects and partnerships to increase the profitability of the Australian grains industry.
“There is a perception that growers are the most passionate advocates for the grains industry however there are industry participants throughout the supply chain who are equally passionate about ensuring that the Australian grain industry prospers through investment in research and development.”
Professor Blanchard is also leader of the grain and meat quality pathway at the Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation, where research is focused on improving productivity, profitability and sustainability throughout the grains value chain.
He served as Deputy Chairman of the GRDC Southern Regional Panel from 2008- 2015.
Graham Centre Director Professor Michael Friend has congratulated Professor Blanchard on his appointment.
“The appointment recognises Professor Blanchard’s contribution to grains research and development over many years and his commitment to ensuring that research is targeted to meet the needs of industry,” Professor Friend said.
Professor Blanchard has been appointed to the GRDC Board by the Federal Minister for Agriculture the Hon. Barnaby Joyce MP on the advice of a selection committee.
The GRDC is a statutory corporation supported by a grower levy and Australian Government contributions, responsible for planning, investing in and overseeing research, development and extension across the Australian grains industry.