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Service and passion recognised at APEN Conference - Congratulations Clare Edwards!

Clare Edwards, a Senior Land Services Officer with Central Tablelands Local Land Services, has been honoured at the prestigious 2015 APEN (Australasia – Pacific Extension Network) Conference held in Adelaide. 
Clare received a Highly Commended award for 'Excellence in Extension by an Experienced Professional' for her wide ranging skills and passion for publicly funded 'extension' work. 
The APEN Awards are held only once every four years and in 2015 attracted nominees from Australia, New Zealand and India. 
'Extension' is about working with communities to facilitate innovation and improved practice in primary industries and natural resource management, by helping landholders gain knowledge and confidence to implement useful and effective change. 
Clare was an agronomist with the NSW Department of Primary Industries for 17 years, before becoming a Senior Local Land Services officer specialising in pastures 2 years ago.
Clare now works out of the Mudgee Local Land Services office but was previously based in Armidale where she regularly lectured in pasture agronomy and also mentored university honours and graduate students in agricultural science. 
As well as being involved in the production of numerous peer reviewed journal papers and publications, Clare has been enthusiastic about working at the grassroots level with landholders.  
She facilitated pasture production trials over many years to assist farmers in adopting more profitable and sustainable management practices, while one of her most recent projects has been a series of Tocal Paddock Plants Workshops aimed at learning about common, local pasture plants.   Clare has organised and delivered 13 Paddock Plants Workshops across the Central Tablelands over the last 18 months.
"To be able to assess and identify species correctly is critical to the ability to understand livestock production, manage pastures and landscapes, and enhance and maintain conservation values," said Clare.
"We've had a great response to these workshops, and it's been very rewarding working with farmers and other land managers on building greater knowledge about pasture plants." 
Clare is also the driving force behind the newly established Women in Productive Pastures network. 
"We congratulate Clare on her recognition at the APEN awards and we're proud to count Clare as part of the Local Land Services team of dedicated and talented professionals working to support resilient communities in productive healthy landscapes across the Central Tablelands," said Peter Sparkes, General Manager, Central Tablelands Local Land Services.

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