The Cooperative Research Centre for Developing Northern Australia (CRCNA) welcomes Susan Maas to support the delivery of the CRCNA’s largest research program to date: the Cotton, Grains and Cattle (CGC) initiative in northern Western Australia, the Northern Territory and northern Queensland.

Susan will join the CRCNA team part time as part of a six-month secondment from the Cotton Research Development Corporation (CRDC), where she is a Senior Research and Development (R&D) Manager, responsible for delivering impacts for growers via investment in cotton research.

CRCNA CEO Anne Stünzner said Susan brings a wealth of agronomic and project management experience to the team.

“I’m excited to welcome Susan to the team to work on an exciting and innovative R&D program.

“I’d like to thank CRDC for their ongoing support of the CGC program and for enabling Susan to come and work with us for these next few months.”

“The CRCNA and CRDC have previously co-invested in cropping projects in northern Queensland and I am excited to continue this partnership,” she said.

CRDC Executive Director Ian Taylor said Susan’s secondment was the latest development in a strong partnership between CRDC and CRCNA, built on shared goals.

“CRDC is committed to the sustainable development of cotton in the north, underpinned by research, development, extension, the adoption of best practice and the meeting of community expectations,” Ian said.

“We see our partnership with CRCNA as crucial in helping us achieve this goal, and are pleased to be able to enhance the northern research effort through our investment in the CGC project, and our support of Susan’s secondment.

“Susan brings enormous expertise in cotton research, and a strong passion for the north, to her new role with CRCNA, which she will complete part-time while also remaining a core member of CRDC’s R&D team,” Ian said.