Two men have been described as ‘Titans of the grain industry’ as they have been awarded the prestigious AgForce Service to Grains Industry award.
AgForce Grains President Wayne Newton says there are so many worthy people making outstanding contributions to our industry.
“And they often aren’t recognised, so the Queensland Grains Gala Dinner ‘Service to industry Award’ is a great opportunity to publicly acknowledge them every year.”
Paul McIntosh, who is currently the Industry Development Agronomist at Pulse Australia and Australian Herbicide Resistance Initiative and Mr Newton says he’s a very deserving recipient.
“Paul McIntosh has been devoted to agriculture for all of his working life and is well known throughout Australia for his agronomic knowledge and ability to relate to growers, agronomists and industry.”
“In addition to his distinguished career as an agronomist, Paul ran his own agricultural supplies business that supported growers to integrate pulses into their cropping rotation. Paul provides endless insight and enthusiastic debate wherever he goes – from grower meetings, research forums and industry gatherings across Queensland.”
Greg Platz is celebrating 50 years with the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries this month where he has been the Principal Pathologist for over ten years and Mr Newton says he deserves industry praise.
“Greg’s success has been his strong customer focus and outstanding ability to deliver research and development outcomes that make a real difference on farm and to industry.”
“Mr Platz’s work had helped ensure our cereal crops were more disease resistant and drove increased production and profitability across the entire barley supply chain.”
“Mr Platz is the man the Grains Research and Development Corporation, researchers and industry respect and trust to gather, curate and provide high quality information to underpin disease risk management for the country’s second largest cereal grain industry.”