Research Committee

The research committee is engaged to ensure BCG research is scientifically rigorous and research projects reflect the goals of the strategic plan. As such, the emphasis is on project idea development, researcher and scientist collaboration, and the ‘next advancement’ in cropping and mixed farming.

The purpose of the research advisory committee is to approve the disbursement of all monies received that are eligible for tax concessions under section 73A of the Income Tax Assessment Act (“the Act”) and only for the purposes of scientific research as defined in SS73A of the Act and which can reasonably be expected to be of value to Australia.

‘Disbursement’ includes any distribution, gifts or payments made upon the winding up or dissolution of the ARI.

The research committee is made up of 10 agricultural doctorates (or equivalent) that were selected based on their appropriate credentials and research nous. The committee meet at least three times per year to review the BCG research program and provide scientific input and direction. 

  • David Hudson (Chair)
  • Dr. Cherie Reilly (Corack farmer)
  • Dr. Harm van Rees (Crop Facts, Bendigo)
  • Ian McClelland OAM (Birchip, BCG Founder and BCG Board)
  • Professor James Hunt (Melbourne, University of Melbourne, BCG Board)
  • Dr. Tony Gregson (Warracknabeal)
  • Dr. Zvi Hochman (Brisbane)
  • Caroline Welsh (Berriwillock farmer)


  • Dr Steve Jefferies
  • Tim McClelland

Dr Yolanda Plowman is the BCG staff resource providing administrative and coordination support.

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