Faces of Tamworth: durum wheat breeder Dr Ray Hare

Jacob McArthur
By Jacob McArthur
Updated July 10 2018 - 4:09am, first published February 7 2018 - 5:00am
PASTA MASTER: Calala man Ray Hare was partly responsible for durum wheat varieties commonly found in pasta products. Photo: Gareth Gardner 220317GGC04

Ray Hare is a doctor in his field of agriculture, but the title is nothing more to him than a “ticket to do a job”. It’s just another understated achievement for the Tamworth man whose work as a wheat breeder for more than three decades saw his durum varieties contributing to more than 70 billion pasta-based meals across the globe. He’s a regular judge of the pasta making competition at the Royal Easter Show where he’s been named a champion of the Royal Agricultural Society. What pasta does Dr Hare eat at home? It’s probably more understated than you think.

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Jacob McArthur

Jacob McArthur is a producer for The Canberra Times. As part of production team, he helps the people of Canberra and beyond get the stories they need, when they need them across a range of platforms, while helping maintain a high editorial standard. Before moving to Canberra in 2020, he started with Australian Community Media in 2015 as a journalist for The Northern Daily Leader in Tamworth. He kept a close eye on Tamworth Regional Council, as well as the public health system, writing extensively about water security, the need for better palliative care services, and medicinal cannabis. Jacob was also the co-host of ACM's Water Pressure podcast where he and Jamieson Murphy took a deep dive on issues and key decisions arising during one of the region's worst droughts on record.

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