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Charles Sturt University

Charles Sturt University prides itself on providing practical, hands-on courses that ensure graduates are prepared for a range of employment opportunities. Professor John Blackwell is an Agricultural Engineer working within the University. He has a wide international experience as a practical, hands on, researcher in the fields of: Agricultural mechanization, Stubble management, Soil amelioration and Water and waste management, he is widely published in these fields. He is the father of the Happy Seeder Technology which has enabled seeding of any crop into very high field residue loads. As a skilled communicator of ideas, John has advanced and shared his research internationally with successful projects in, India, Pakistan, China and the South Pacific. John is a member of the the Institute for Land, Water and Society which is one of Charles Sturt University (CSU)'s four Centres of Research Excellence. While the majority of its researchers are environmental scientists, social researchers and economists, our members also include researchers working in and across the fields of eco-agriculture, agricultural engineering communication, education, regional development, cultural heritage, tourism, modeling and the arts. John also works closely with the EH Graham Centre within the University which is a leader in tillage and seeding machinery research and development, particularly in the context of conservation agriculture. Schooled in Africa with an acute sense of the problems facing the continent and a wide experience of conservation agriculture and a long time farmer in his own right, John brings a wealth of useful experience to the project as a mentor, researcher and educator.

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