Central West Farming Systems Executive Committee
Josh has worked with the IEU since January 2015. Having spent seven years as Speciality Canola Business Manager and Australian Speciality Grains Manager for Cargill. Prior to this he worked for AWB Limited in commodity marketing roles and spent nine years with NSW DPI in agronomic research and industry development roles including Executive Officer of the Durum Industry Association. Josh has a Degree in Agricultural Science and holds Australian Financial Markets Association (AFMA) accreditation.
Ruth, and her husband Graeme, have four children aged 8-13. In addition to her family and running the farm business, Ruth is involved in a number of farming and community committees and organisations. She has been on the CWFS executive since 2015.
Graham’s main interest in being involved in CWFS is to attract relevant research to the western cropping areas and explore new technology/crops to improve profitability. How we adapt to the challenges of the next 10 years will crucial.
David McDonald - Condobolin
Lawrence Higgins - Merriwagga
David Watt - Trundle
TMFL feedlot is active in the store market as well as finishing lambs from David’s Merino and 1st cross ewe flock. Winter crops include Canola, Wheat, Barley, Oats, Lupins, Vetch and forage rape, while pastures are predominantly legume based.
David has been involved at the executive and committee level in many local organisations including Central West Farming Systems, Producer advisory Panel for Sheep Connect NSW and SALRC. He holds an advanced diploma of business management and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Most recently Guy has focused on farmer-adoptable methods to rapidly increase soil organic carbon levels, and presently is the founder and Managing Director of Soil C Quest 2031, a NFP research institute exploring microbial carbon sequestration inoculums and carbon positive farming methods. Guy holds a deep belief that finding methods to rapidly build soil carbon in agricultural soils holds the key to greater farmer profitability, improved food security and resilience, and importantly a potentially scalable mitigation strategy to help address dangerous climate change.
Guy is honoured to be part of the CWFS committee and is highly motivated to make positive contributions to the important work of this dedicated organisation.
Dr Libby Roesner
Libby has found a passion for NRM and the environment and has been the Local Landcare Coordinator since 2016. Condobolin has been home for 22 yrs, has been farming here for 11 yrs. Libby wants to be a positive influence on the community, and is interested in regenerative agriculture and optimistic for the future of agriculture in our local area.