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Introducing: the Queensland Farmers attending the GRFL Texas Tour!

Meg Kummerow - Tuesday, August 12, 2014

With only a few days until the tour group leave, it is time to meet the people attending the Grains Research Foundation Ltd's Texas Study Tour!

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Brendan Taylor - @Warraboy - Brendan was born in Chinchilla and is a third generation farmer from Warra managing a family owned grain production business of 2,000 acres. He is a member of the Darling Downs Research Advisory Committee and a Grower Director of the Grains Research Foundation Ltd.  Brendan is chairman of the Brigalow Jimbour Floodplain Group, a foundation member of Agchatoz.and graduated in 2012 in the Australian Future Grains Leaders Program. 

Ben Coleman - @benjcoleman1 - Ben is a farmer from Mt Tyson growing a variety of grain crops and cotton and comes from a family farm. He is currently a member of the Darling Downs Research Advisory Committee and is a Grower Director of the Grains Research Foundation Ltd.  Ben is the chair of the local Central Downs grower group and has previously worked for a financial institution in Queensland.

James Ryder - @james_jimbobaus - James is a Darling Downs grain producer.  He is a current member of the Darling Downs Research Advisory and is a proud farmer of English, American, Fijian, Australian heritage.

Brett Bidstrup - @brettbidstrup - Brett Bidstrup is a Grain producer from Condamine on the Western Downs Maranoa region and is a current member of the Research Advisory Committee for that region.  Brett is a previous member of the Brigalow-Jimbour Floodplains Landcare group and has completed the Marcus Oldham Young Rural Leaders program. 

Andrew & Margie Milla - @andrewmilla1 - Andrew & Margie are from Surat in Queensland.  Andrew is a current member of the Western Downs and Maranoa Research Advisory Committee.  Andrew is particularly interested in soil science and soil health.

Nigel & Sueanne Gregg@NigelGregg01 & @geesuzie - Nigel & Suzie hail from Middlemount in Central Queensland.  Nigel is a current member of the Central Queensland Research Advisory Committee and has undertaken the Grains BMP program.

Gordon & Meredith Staal@staalgm & @staalmer - Gordon & Meredith are from Gindi in Central Queensland.  Gordon is a third generation dryland grain grower and a current member of the Research Advisory Committee for the Central Queensland region.  Gordon has undertaken Grains BMP.

Michael & Kylie MacTaggart@threemk1 & @bearslagoon74 - Michael & Kylie are from Moura in Central Queensland. Michael has undertaken both the Grains & Grazing BMP programs and was awarded Queensland Young Farmer of the Year in 2003.  He is a current member of the Central Queensland Research Advisory Committee & has been on the committee for a number of years.

Graham Spackman - @gspackman1 - Graham is a Crop Consultant from Emerald in Central Queensland.  Graham has been the Chair of the Central Queensland Research Advisory Committee for many years and we are very fortunate to have him join the study tour.  Graham is interested in fostering profitable grain farming businesses and is looking forward to gathering insights into the Texan sorghum industry that can be implemented into the Australian sorghum production system.

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