It has been 25 years since CRDC was formed. The organisation has grown from three staff members in its first year with Executive Director Ralph Shulze and two administrative assistants to today, a team of 14, led by Executive Director Bruce Finney and Chair Dr Mary Corbett.
Over the past 25 years, CRDC has invested more than $280 million RD&E on behalf of the industry, managing 2,100 projects and delivering billions of dollars in benefit back to Australian cotton growers on their farms. One project alone – CRDC’s investment in plant breeding – is estimated to have singularly contributed $5 billion to the industry and the Australian agricultural economy.
In this special edition of Spotlight, we take a look back at 25 years of innovation and the 25 major achievements of cotton RD&E during this time.