Michael Moodie was the inaugural winner of the David Roget award in 2015. Michael was recognised for his ability to summarise R&D outcomes into messages that are easily digested by advisers and farmers which is vital for the rapid uptake of relevant R&D by farm businesses.
He has had a major impact on the development of more profitable and productive farm businesses in the Mallee region as well as other low rainfall regions in southern Australia by identifying the underlying causes to the problem and developing strategies or research activities to tackle them.
His breadth of knowledge and ability to look beyond the day to day problems of farming and focus energies on the bigger picture, in the pursuit of major gains has been a real asset. Michael’s sound background in commercial farming, consulting and extension principles has had a major and positive impact on the translation of research activities into messages farmers can use and adopt.
Michael has been involved on a number of significant projects in recent times to inform improved farming in the Mallee, most notably the Low Rainfall Crop Sequencing work, demonstrating the advantage and influencing the increased use of break crops in the Mallee.