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John Friend

Leader Soils North

Research interests

  • soil policy
  • data management
  • soil/water relations
  • soil extension


John Friend has worked on many soil and farming system projects in north-western and central NSW. He led the research initiative for the NSW Salinity Strategy from 2001-2005, was leader of the NSW DPI Soil Extension network from 2006-2009 and assessed significant state developments (primarily coal and gas developments) from 2009-2015, providing input into NSW policies and legislation. He currently leads the team of NSW DPI soil researchers in northern NSW, is a member of the Australian Soil Network tasked to implement the National Soil R,D & E strategy and is involved in past and present projects in delivering soil data.


B Rur Sc – University of New England – 1990
G. Dip App. Sci. – Charles Sturt University – 1996
M. Rur. Sc. – University of New England - 2001

Current Projects

YEARS? A coordinated and consistent approach to managing and enabling soil data” (parteners: Soil CRC, Federation University, University of Tasmania, Landcare Research New Zealand, Charles Sturt university).

Professional associations

Soil Science Australia, member

Contact details

Phone: 0439779885

Email: john.friend@dpi.nsw.gov.au

Location: Tamworth