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Agricultural education and research on agenda for Ballarat lecture

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The Grassland Society of Southern Australia’s annual Mac Troup Memorial Lecture in Ballarat will focus on the future of tertiary agricultural education and university research.

Dean of the University of Melbourne’s School of Land and Forestry Rick Roush will address the issue at the lecture to be held on March 18 at the Greenside Bistro, Ballarat Golf Club.

Professor Roush will speak on the future of tertiary agricultural education and university research, giving both local and national perspectives. He will particularly focus on the role of new technologies in the management of pasture and livestock systems.

Professor Roush’s career spans research, teaching, regulatory, and administrative appointments in the US and Australia. Prior to joining the University of Melbourne in 2006, he served as Director of the University of California’s Integrated Pest Management and Sustainable Agriculture Programs and as Director of the CRC for Weed Management based at the University of Adelaide.

He has also published extensively in biological control and the ecology of insects, mites and weeds.

The Mac Troup dinner is held annually in memory of one of the pioneers of southern Australian grassland farming, Willam MacGregor Troup, or `Mac’ as he was affectionately known; one of the Grassland Society’s staunchest supporters, he was also a member of the steering committee that established the Society.

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