Susan Maas was honoured by her community for her dedication to the cotton industry at the Central Highlands Irrigation Awards Dinner last night.
Susan is one of CRDC’s R&D investment managers and is based in Emerald, where she was awarded the Iain Mackay Non-Grower Service to Industry Award (sponsored by CGS) by the Central Highlands Cotton Growers and Irrigators Association (CHCGIA).
On presenting the award, CHCGIA President Aaron Kiely said Susan has been a key contributor to the cotton industry in the Central Highlands and Dawson Valley regions since starting work as an extension officer with AgriScience Queensland in 2004.
“She established excellent industry relationships with regional grower associations, cotton crop consultants, agribusiness and industry organisations,” Aaron said.
“Susan has collaborated effectively with industry research scientists and research funding organisations and been actively involved in the development of myBMP as well as showing leadership in the area of farm hygiene procedures and management strategies, joint coordination of herbicide-resistance management workshops and strong industry support at both management and local grower levels.
“Susan played a pivotal role in the events associated with the identification and industry response to mealybug in early 2010.”
Susan is also a Future Cotton Leaders Program alumni and received the Chris Lehmann Trust Young Achiever of the Year Award in 2010.
Susan received the award in front of 250 growers, irrigators, sponsors and industry representatives in the Emerald Town Hall and said she was completely surprised by the accolade, which hold special significance for her.
“Usually I’m the one organising the award!” she said.
“I was really humbled and honoured to receive this, because I love what I do and working with the growers here and the broader industry to help direct research and development.
“It is also made extra special in that the award’s namesake Iain Mackay was a great friend of my father’s, and someone I have a lot of respect for.
“I’ve been involved in the cotton industry for what seems like a long time now, and to be living and working in a cotton growing region is important to me.”
CRDC Executive Director Bruce Finney said the news was “absolutely fantastic and very well deserved recognition for all that Susan does so capably and humbly for the industry and her region.
“Susan is an inspiration and we are all so pleased to see her recognised in this manner,” he said.
Pictured: Michael Smith of CGS Emerald and CHCGIA President Aaron Kiely presented Susan with her award.