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Reappointment of CRDC Chair Richard Haire (28 August 2019)

The Minister for Agriculture, Senator the Hon. Bridget McKenzie, has today announced the reappointment of CRDC Chair, Richard Haire, for a further three years.

Minister McKenzie said Mr Haire would play a critical role in the ambitious goal of creating $2 billion in additional gross value of cotton production through investments highlighted in the CRDC’s Strategic Research, Development and Extension (RD&E) Plan 2018–2023.

“RD&E within our cotton industry is vital. Australia is the third largest exporter of cotton in the world, and Australian growers are at the forefront of innovation,” Minister McKenzie said.

“Mr Haire is a well-known and respected member of the Australian cotton industry, having held many leadership positions within the sector and is well positioned to lead the industry forward.”

Mr Haire is also currently the Chairman of both the Endeavour Foundation and Reef Casino Trust and non-executive director of both Bank of Queensland and BEC Stockfeed Solutions.

“I congratulate Mr Haire on his well-deserved re-appointment and look forward to continuing to work on our strategic investment in cotton RD&E to improve the profitability and productivity of growers and the industry,” Minister McKenzie said.