Lawrence Di Bella
Herbert Cane Productivity Services Limited (HCPSL)
Lawrence Di Bella joined the sugarcane industry in January, 1990. He is the Manager of the Hebert Cane Productivity Services Limited (HCPSL) and has held this position since May 2011. During his working career has been employed by BSES, Terrain NRM and HCPSL on 2 occasions.
Lawrence manages a team of ~15 staff focussing on technical services, research, development and extension in the Herbert cane growing region in North Queensland. HCPSL is a non for profit organisation, with over 580 grower members and the local sugarcane miller. The company also partners and works with outside organisations to improve the productivity and sustainability of the cane growing region.
He studied at UQ Gatton campus to complete an Associate Diploma in Rural Techniques in 1990, completed a Bachelor of Applied Science in Agriculture through Charles Sturt University in 1995 and completed an Advanced Diploma in Rural Business Management through Hortus Australia in 2004.
Lawrence has authored and or co-authored over 35 papers in conference proceedings or other scientific journals to date, on agricultural extension, precision agriculture, crop nutrition, crop agronomy, sugarcane pest and diseases.
Lawrence has had the opportunity to travel to review cane and agricultural industries in Brazil, South Africa, Swaziland, PNG, Italy, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and the USA during his employment history. He was also a guest speaker at the Global Forum for Rural Advisor Services (GFRAS) in Kyrgyzstan in 2015.
He has a keen interest in sustainable farming and agronomy.