New agricultural research hub opened

20 MAY 2013

The Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation, an alliance between Charles Sturt University (CSU) and NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI), has opened a new research hub in Wagga Wagga. Named after Edgar ‘Eddie’ Hugh Graham, the longest serving NSW Minister for Agriculture and local MP, the Graham Centre’s new offices are located in the refurbished Agricultural Research Institute building in Wagga Wagga. It is the same building Minister Graham opened in 1954. Guests attending the opening by Federal Member for Riverina Mr Michael McCormack on Wednesday 22 May signed the original 1954 visitor’s book. Watching the proceedings was Eddie Graham’s grandson, Mr Robert White (pictured). Established in 2005, the Graham Centre integrates research at CSU and NSW DPI in five key areas: conservation cropping; ruminant feed base; bio-protection and integrated pest management of crops and pastures; animal health and welfare; and integrated cropping systems. Graham Centre Director and Professor of Agricultural Innovation, Professor Deirdre Lemerle, said, “The centre has three research objectives: to increase the efficiency of production systems; to value-add to the quality of food and fibre commodities; and to strengthen our research capacity by training the next generation of researchers.”

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