Research into grain growing on the Liverpool Plains and north-west slopes region has been given a boost thanks to a $400,000 gift to the faculty of Agriculture and Environment at the University of Sydney.
The gift comes from Ron and Gloria Campey, and will be used to support vital grains research via scholarships for research students.
The University of Sydney is undertaking a long-term, coordinated research program in the region, with the aim of increasing and improving grain production and ensuring sustainability of production.
“The scholarships made possible by Ron and Gloria Campey are incredibly important as they will enable talented students to undertake research that could inform the future of grain growing,” says Professor Mark Adams, Dean, Faculty of Agriculture and Environment.
“The donation will bolster existing support for research in the area, including commitments from the University, the Wheat Research Foundation, and the Grains Research and Development Corporation to the new infrastructure at the IA Watson Research Station in recent years.”
The University of Sydney has strengthened its position in the region with the purchase of Ron and Gloria Campey’s property, L’lara.
“This investment is further evidence of the deep commitment of the University of Sydney to the grains industry and to the region,” adds Professor Adams.
The property is to be renamed Campey Farm in recognition of the Campey’s gift.
The University of Sydney has a long history of successful wheat breeding, centred at Narrabri, since 1961 when the North West Wheat Research Institute was opened by the then Prime Minister of Australia, the Honourable Robert Menzies.