Charles Sturt gains insights into Grain NSW during Wagga Wagga visit

17 MAY 2024

Charles Sturt gains insights into Grain NSW during Wagga Wagga visit

Grain NSW tours Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga as part of its visit to the city for its half-yearly annual general meeting.

  • Grain NSW tours Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga on Thursday 16 May

Grain NSW held its half-yearly general meeting in Wagga Wagga from Thursday 16 to Friday 17 May and included a tour of Charles Sturt University on its itinerary.

University staff and academics met with Grain NSW representatives to talk about strengthening the existing relationship between the two organisations.

The University presented several proposals to Grain NSW in the areas of research and education partnership, technological innovation and best practices, policy development and advocacy support, industry networking and a collaboration hub and sustainable agriculture and ethical practices.

Director of External Engagement in Wagga Wagga and Albury-Wodonga Mr David Bardos said the University’s association with Grain NSW strengthens ties between academia and the agricultural sector.

“Hosting the half-yearly gatherings and the annual general meeting in regional centres underscores Grain NSW's commitment to promoting regional growth and facilitates crucial networking opportunities between industry stakeholders,” he said.

“Grain NSW's journey, from its modest inception in 1970 to its current prominence in the agricultural sector, stands as a testament to its founding members' dedication and forward-thinking vision.

“With a diverse membership representing various facets of the grain supply chain, Grain NSW is vital in advancing the industry's interests in NSW.”

Representatives from Grain NSW joined University staff, including AgriPark Executive Director Mr Nick Pagett, Head of Government Relations and Regional Engagement Ms Samantha Beresford and other academics, to tour the facilities in Wagga Wagga.

The first stop was at AgriPark for an introduction to the facility and its research opportunities. The group then moved to the Global Digital Farm for a talk led by the Farm’s Director Mr Jon Medway. The tour concluded at the University’s Rhizolysimeter.

Mr Pagett said the result of the visit could be beneficial for both organisations in future.

“Grain NSW's visit exemplifies the power of collaboration between the world of academics and industry in driving agricultural innovation,” he said.

“I'm thrilled about the prospects of our collaboration and see great potential for it to drive tangible benefits for Charles Sturt University's staff, students and the broader community.”

Media Note:

For more information or to arrange an interview, contact Nicole Barlow at Charles Sturt Media on 0429 217 026 or

Photo caption: (Left to right) Associate Director of Sustainable and Agriculture at Commonwealth Bank Dennis Voznesenski, President of Grain NSW Adam Robinson, Secretary of Grain NSW Joanne Ware, Charles Sturt Director External Engagement Wagga Wagga and Albury-Wodonga David Bardos and Executive Director at AgriPark Nick Pagett.

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