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Rick’s research bridges farming systems field research, weed and herbicide resistance management, strategies for technology adoption and agricultural economics. A focus of his research is on the cropping and mixed farming regions of Australia where he leads a number of projects aimed at developing improved farming systems.

In addition to leading the team that developed and delivers the widely used tool ADOPT (, projects he has led recently include a national grains industry study evaluating weed management costs to Australian grain growers; novel pasture systems for mixed farming systems and cropping systems research involving weed management strategies and soil-specific management in the low rainfall zone. He also currently leads projects that include developing virtual fencing technology for sheep for application in mixed farming systems and evaluating the potential for area-wide weed management approaches in Australian agriculture.

Awards include the CRC Future Farm Industries Chairman's Award in 2012 for his leadership of R&D on novel mixed farming options (EverCrop) and the CSIRO Entrepeneurship Award as part of the Virtual Fencing team. He has recently co-supervised PhD graduates investigating opportunities for collaborative farming business models to improve farm productivity and approaches for increasing the adoption and benefits from conservation agriculture in smallholder farming systems. He has also worked in several ACIAR-supported projects including work in the Philippines, NE Thailand and India.

His other roles include scientific advisor on the Board of Mallee Sustainable Farming Inc.; member Grains Research and Development Corporation Regional Cropping Solutions Network (2012-2016); GRDC Grains Weeds Advisory Committee (2016-); Department of Agriculture Smart Farms Advisory Panel (2018-20) and Editorial Advisory Board member for Agricultural Systems (2020-).

Rick has a Bachelor of Agricultural Science from the University of Adelaide and a PhD in agricultural economics from the University of Western Australia.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger

External positions

CSIRO Research Group Leader (Agricultural Systems) , CSIRO - Agriculture and Food

1 Oct 2005 → …

Research expertise keywords

  • Agriculture
  • Farming Systems
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Adoption of agricultural innovations
  • Weed management


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