New graduates begin agronomy development program
14 February 2017
Three new graduates have begun an eighteen month Agronomist Development Program with Agriculture Victoria, which includes intensive placements with leading grower groups and agri-business.
The program, which provides valuable grains industry capability, is an important component of the Regional Research Agronomists program, funded through a bilateral agreement between the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) and the Victorian Government.
Agriculture Victoria's Senior Regional Research Agronomist Dr James Nuttall said graduates gained direct exposure to grains related research and development and would build invaluable networks across the industry."
"One of the three new graduates, Queenslander Jasmine Marsh, will be based at Horsham working across the state's northwest, completing placements with the Birchip Cropping Group and Landmark at Horsham with a focus on medium rainfall cropping systems" Dr Nuttall said.
Jasmine has a Bachelor of Science with Honours from the University of Queensland.
"Tom Batters, a graduate of the University of Melbourne from St Arnaud, will be based at Bendigo and will cover the Mallee region with placements with the Birchip Cropping Group and Agrivision at Swan Hill.
"Elly Polonowita, also a University of Melbourne graduate with a Bachelor of Agriculture, will be based at Hamilton, undertaking placements with Southern Farming Systems at Inverleigh and Gorst Rural at Lake Bolac," he said.
"The graduates will build their agronomic knowledge and expertise by gaining experience in key areas including seasonal risk management, nutrition and pathology, trial development and management, pest, weed and disease identification and crop protection options in a regional farming systems context, " Dr Nuttall said.
These graduates are the third intake since the program began in 2015. All graduates from the first intake are now working in the agricultural sector and graduates that commenced in 2016 through the second intake are completing placements with agribusiness, and will complete the program in July.
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