After an extensive recruitment process, Dr Janelle Montgomery has been named as the new Program Lead for the Australian cotton industry’s extension program, CottonInfo.

An industry leader in her own right, Janelle is a familiar and trusted face, having been part of the CottonInfo team since its establishment in 2012; first as a Technical Lead for water use efficiency, then taking on the Regional Extension Officer (REO) role in the Gwydir Valley in 2017.

Based in Moree, Janelle has managed the REO team for the past five years, and said she feels incredibly excited by the opportunity to take on the Program Lead position.

“I’ve built a career on research and development and making sure that growers come on the journey too, by helping them to improve on-farm efficiencies and practices,” Janelle said.

“It’s been such a privilege to be able to do this over my years with CottonInfo promoting best practice on the ground. Now being able to further promote this by helping to set the strategic direction of CottonInfo is something I’m very much looking forward to,” she said.

CottonInfo is a joint partnership between the Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC), Cotton Seed Distributors, and Cotton Australia. The Program Lead role is funded by CRDC.

CRDC Acting Executive Director Allan Williams said Janelle’s appointment reflects her incredible mix of research, development and extension experience and genuine passion for the Australian cotton industry.

“The CottonInfo program is something that other cotton growing areas of the world look at with interest and envy, and Janelle has played a significant role in building the program’s strong reputation,” Allan said.

“Throughout her decade-plus association with CottonInfo, she’s worked tirelessly to not just support growers and consultants, but also the three industry partners who jointly facilitate the program,” he said.

“To have someone as respected and passionate as Janelle leading CottonInfo into its 12th year is a massive advantage for the cotton industry, and on behalf of CRDC and the CottonInfo Management Committee, I welcome her to the new role.”

Janelle will officially start on Monday 4 December, 2023.