BCG welcomes four new Board members


BCG welcomes four new Board members

Birchip Cropping Group (BCG) has welcomed four new members to its Board.

Agribusiness professional and certified practicing accountant Peter Myers and senior research scientist Zvi Hochman were officially appointed as co-opted (skills based) members earlier this month.

And at BCG’s AGM on October 28, two new farmer members – Alan Bennett (Lawloit) and Brad Martin (Brim) – were elected onto the BCG Board.

BCG chairman Caroline Welsh said the Board was extremely pleased with the caliber of applicants who applied for Board positions.

“We received 37 applications from all over Australia for the co-opted positions,” she said.

“The new co-opted members have decades of experience in Australian agriculture.

“I am confident they will be great contributors to the Board and to BCG.”

Mr Myers has over 20 years of experience in the agribusiness sector, holding senior executive, consultative and board roles in the private and not-for-profit sectors.

He has been managing director at a number of companies including Bonlac Foods where he was also CEO, Woolstock Australia and Barrett Burston Malting Company.

Mr Hochman has been a long-time supporter of BCG and was instrumental in the development of Yield Prophet®.

Currently Mr Hochman is a senior research scientist and a research group leader with CSIRO.

He completed a PhD on knowledge based systems for agriculture and is recognised nationally and internationally as a leading innovator in research on climate risk management in the grains industry, and in exploring frontiers in dryland cropping.

The board’s new farmer members, Alan Bennett and Brad Martin, are both experienced farmers who manage grain growing and livestock enterprises.

Alan farms about 4500 hectares at Lawloit with his wife Donna, and Brad grows crops and runs dorper sheep with his partner Susan at Brim.

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