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CRDC Deputy-Chair awarded major industry award (6 August 2015)

St George cotton grower and CRDC Deputy-Chair Cleave Rogan was awarded the prestigious 2015 Incitec Pivot Fertilisers Service to Industry Award at last night’s cotton industry award dinner.

Cleave, who owns and farms ‘Benelong’ at St George with wife Johnelle, has grown cotton for more than 30 years, and is passionate about research, development and extension, having served as a Director on the CRDC Board since 2011.

CRDC Executive Director, Bruce Finney, congratulated Cleave on his industry recognition.

“Cleave is passionate about the cotton industry and has been heavily involved in it over the past three decades, from the farm level all the way through to national representative roles,” Mr Finney said.

“Cleave is an active member of the St George CGA, a member and key driver of the Fusarium Working Group and the Rural Water Users Efficiency Regional Committee, and was an instigator of a local Area Wide Management Group. 

“He was a long term member and board director of the Australian Cotton Growers Research Association (ACGRA) and was actively involved in the historic merging of the ACGRA and Cotton Australia in 2008. He continued to serve on the Cotton Australia board until 2011, during which time he was also the Chair of the TIMS Herbicide Technical Panel.

“And, after many years involvement on the Cotton Conference committee, Cleave chaired the hugely successful conference in 2010,” Mr Finney said.

In 2011 Cleave took the opportunity to further his passion for R&D, becoming a Director of CRDC and completing the Australia Company Director’s course, becoming an MAICD.

Prior to this, he acted in an advisory role to CRDC for many years, working on research projects related to biosecurity, insects, weeds, diseases, cotton fibre processing and quality enhancement. An important part of Cleave’s involvement with the industry has been his co-operation with on-farm research trials. 

“Cleave is a dedicated cotton industry member, and we are thrilled to have his guidance and counsel on our Board, where he represents all cotton growers. He is a highly respected member of the industry for his immense commitment, and we congratulate him on this well-deserved award,” Mr Finney said. 

Mr Finney also passed on his congratulations to the other Award recipients at the 2015 Cotton Industry Awards on behalf of CRDC: the Monsanto cotton growers of the year, Robert and Jennie Reardon of Talwood QLD; the AgriRisk High Achievers of the Year, Peter and Caroline Tuohey of Carrathool NSW; the Chris Lehmann Trust Young Achiever of the Year (sponsored by Bayer Crop Science), Ross Burnett of Emerald QLD; and the CSD Researchers of the Year, Dr Geoff Baker and Colin Tann of Narrabri NSW.