Dookie Diary: Working together on water

Water was the focus of Professor in Residence Timothy Reeves’ latest Dookie Diary, a monthly column for the Country News covering activities at the University of Melbourne’s Dookie agricultural campus.

Professor Reeves discussed issues with representatives from the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority, Murray Dairy, Agriculture Victoria, local irrigators and researchers from the University’s School of Engineering.

“A number of important priorities were identified by the local stakeholders around water management, irrigation practices, soil improvement, forage agronomy and other key topics,” writes Professor Reeves.

“University researchers are meeting soon to discuss how best to respond to these priorities. The important principle here is that any research to be conducted will address major issues identified by the region, a good ‘grass roots’ process.

In this edition, Professor Reeves also discussed his recent receipt of the Farrer Medal for service to agricultural Science, and delivery of the Farrer Memorial Oration, in which he discussed approaches to the dual challenge of feeding a growing global population in the context of a changing climate.

You can read the latest Dookie Diary in Country News on PressReader.

Banner image: A dam at Dookie campus in 2012. Photo: Peter Casamento.