Susan Maas joined the cotton industry as an extension officer with Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. Based in Emerald, Central Queensland, Susan initially focussed on natural resource management (NRM) systems extension for 3 years before moving into a broader industry extension role.
Susan remains a strong supporter of the myBMP program. She has contributed to a number of industry publications including the Cotton Symptoms Guide and continues to be the technical editor for the annual Cotton Pest Management Guide and Australian Cotton Production Manual.
She commenced work with the Cotton Research and Development Corporation in July 2012 and is currently a Research and Direction Program Manager with responsibilities for crop protection and stewardship.
Susan is passionate about farm biosecurity, having seen first-hand the impact that an incursion can have, firstly citrus canker on the Central Highlands citrus industry and later the impact of solenopsis mealybug on cotton. Susan says that “farm biosecurity is a way to protect your farm and the industry from the threat of exotic pests. The myBMP system helps to identify the risks and implement measures to reduce them.”