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CRCV commercialisation manager takes post as CEO of CRC for irrigation futures

As the Cooperative Research Centre for Viticulture (CRCV) nears the end of its second and final seven-year term, its dedicated staff are embarking on new beginnings.

CRCV’s Manager of Extension and Commercialisation (Program 5), Ian Atkinson, left his post on Friday 14 July, to prepare for his new role as Chief Executive Officer of the CRC for Irrigation Futures.

During his three and a half years at the CRCV he contributed significantly to the development of national and regional extension projects to the wine grape industry.

Mr Atkinson believes two of his Program’s major achievements include the development of the Vitinote series and regional Viticare On Farm Trials.

“Developing the Vitinote series has provided growers with valuable and easy-to-understand information for their viticultural practices, which they can implement at the vineyard level,” Mr Atkinson said.

“In combination with the CRCV’s website and e-news bulletin we have taken industry information delivery to a new level.”

He was also instrumental in raising the CRCV’s profile in grape growing regions by helping deliver national initiatives, such as improved irrigation management and the adoption of Environmental Management Systems (EMS), at a local level.

Mr Atkinson said he would miss interacting with the various organisations located throughout the wine regions of Australia.

“I will sincerely miss working and collaborating with grape and wine researchers and other industry representatives. It has been a pleasure to work in this industry as it is an area that I have always been interested in.”

Mr Atkinson is looking forward to starting a new chapter of his career at the CRC for Irrigation Futures, which will begin on 24 July 2006.

For more information on the CRC for Irrigation Futures please visit www.irrigationfutures.org.au.

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