Everyday plant health heroes

Bill Gordon

NSW Grains Biosecurity Officer, Grains Farm Biosecurity Program

Helping to protect our industries, our growers and our way of life.

How did you choose your job? Or did it choose you?

I actively chose a job in grains
biosecurity. I was looking for a proactive role that helps to mitigate potential
problems in the industry, rather than reacting to situations after pests, weeds and diseases have become established.

How long have you worked in this industry?

Before taking on the grains biosecurity role, I have spent over 25 years in crop protection and pesticide application
research and extension, with over 20 years as a private consultant in
broadacre RD&E.

What does plant health mean to you?

Helping to protect our industries, our growers and our way of life.

What are your greatest achievements in this role?

It’s still early days in my new role, so I hope my greatest achievements are still in front of me!

What does a typical day look like for you?

At the moment it involves setting up
surveillance for high priority pests, building our capability to respond to high priority pests, sharing information with industry and supporting the grain farm biosecurity program and my NSW DPI plant biosecurity colleagues.

What advice would you give anybody wanting to get into the industry?

You never know what skills and
experiences are going to be valuable to the industry in the future, so take every opportunity to learn from those you work with, and most importantly those you work for in the industry.


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