[ASC-media] MT BARKER FARMER AWARDED HONORARY DOCTORATE IN AGRICULTURE: UWA/IOA Media Release

BRENDON CANT brendon at iinet.net.au
Thu Apr 10 02:59:05 CEST 2008


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MT BARKER FARMER AWARDED HONORARY DOCTORATE IN AGRICULTURE

 

Mt Barker farmer Terry Enright last night became the first farmer to be
awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Agriculture from The University of Western
Australia (UWA).

 

Dr Enright, who grows barley, canola and pulses and grazes sheep and cattle
on his Great Southern property, has devoted 25 years to agriculture, natural
resource management and research and has played a leading role in the
administration and strategic direction of agricultural research and
education.

 

UWA Vice-Chancellor, Professor Alan Robson, who is also Hackett Chair in
Agriculture at UWA, praised Dr Enright’s significant contributions to the
University and said he was a very worthy recipient of the Honorary
Doctorate.

 

“Dr Enright has played a major role in the administration of agricultural
policy in WA and the promotion of agronomy and has represented the interests
of WA growers and state agricultural research institutions in the national
research agenda,” Prof Robson said. “He was instrumental in establishing a
Chair of Agronomy and a lecturer position in Production Agronomy and Farming
Systems, in partnership with UWA.”

 

As Chairman of Albany Port Authority from 1993 to 2003, Dr Enright presided
over the $15 million port expansion to accommodate the growing grain and
wood-chip industries of the Great Southern.

 

Dr Enright is a former Chair of the Board of the Grains Research and
Development Corporation (GRDC) – he was appointed in 2002 – where he
supported international initiatives to conserve genetic resources and
established strong links with the international agricultural sector.

 

He is a past member of the WA State Barley Research Committee (which
allocated and administered the research levy paid on all barley grain
delivered in WA) and assisted in the development of important new barley
varieties by helping establish the barley genetic resources project at UWA.

 

As a member of the GRDC Western Region Panel from 1991 to 1996, a period of
tremendous expansion in agricultural research, he allocated research funds
drawn from compulsory levies on all WA broadacre crops. He was Panel Chair
from 1996 to 1999.

 

Dr Enright was on the Advisory Board of the Centre for Legumes In
Mediterranean Agriculture (CLIMA) from 1992 to 2000, assisted in the
formation of the WA Herbicide Resistance Initiative (WAHRI) within UWA’s
Faculty of Agricultural Sciences (1998 to 2001) and was a Board member of
the Export Grains Centre (EGC), an associated party to UWA-based Canola
Breeders WA Pty Ltd.

 

>From 2004 to 2007 he was ‘Chair of Chairs’ of the Federal Government’s rural
research and development corporations. He is currently a Board member of
Agricultural Research Western Australia (ARWA), Chair of ATSE Crawford Fund
WA Committee and a Commissioner on the Export Wheat Commission.

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