WA pioneers honoured

24 Apr, 2008 01:25 PM
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THREE long-serving pioneers of WA’s agriculture industry have been inducted into the Agricultural Hall of Fame.

The Royal Agricultural Society of WA paid tribute to the achievements of Warren Marwick, Peter Falconer and Clive Malcolm last week at an induction ceremony at the Claremont Showgrounds.

RAS president Ivan Solomon said he was pleased to reward the 2008 inductees for their dedication, intelligence, hard work and insight.

The Agricultural Hall of Fame was established in 1999 to recognise the state’s greatest achievers who have made an outstanding contribution to the development of agriculture and farming.

The hall has 42 inductees, including this year’s.

Mr Falconer was nominated for the 2008 award because of his leadership and professionalism as a consultant promoting farm management as a major discipline critical for the success of farmers in WA.

Clive Malcolm was regarded as the founding father of saline management in WA, working with the Agriculture Department for 36 years from 1955.

He identified salt tolerant plant species such as saltbush and bluebush, testing their adaptability to the WA wheatbelt, which resulted in thousands of hectares of inhospitable salt land being transformed into revegetated cover to provide an effective reserve of fodder for stock.

The third inductee was Warren Marwick, a leader of the WA agricultural industry who experimented with cereal crops on land west of Southern Cross.

In 1902, Mr Marwick and his father began breeding Shropshire, Lincoln and Leicester varieties of sheep and then branched out into breeding thoroughbred horses, becoming one of WA’s leading stock breeders.

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