Elders expands investment in Australia's next-gen agronomists - Elders Rural Services

Elders expands investment in Australia’s next-gen agronomists

The Graduate Agronomy Program, run by Elders’ flagship research and development arm, Thomas Elder Institute (TEI) has strengthened its commitment to Australia’s budding agros, increasing its intake from five graduates in 2018 to eight in 2019.

Elders and TEI is delighted to welcome Kimberly Pellosis, Henrietta Burns, Harrison Sellers, Georgia O’Shea, Jonathan Nicoll, Lara Evans, Hollie Faulkner and Madelyn McGrath to the team – and is committed to nurturing their passion for Australian agribusiness in 2019 and beyond.

Head of TEI, Dr John Evans, says the graduate program is suited to a broad spectrum of talent and provides a platform for promising agronomists to identify their area of expertise and help them become established in the field.

“Our program welcomes a diverse range of passionate and inquisitive young minds. From the moment they join TEI and the Elders network, our graduates will work alongside some of our most experienced agronomists, receive world class training and experience first-hand the support, advice and solutions we provide for our clients.”

Exposure to the working practices of Elders experts across Australia will help graduates develop the skills required to provide growers with sound agronomic advice in all areas of the production system including crop protection products, seed, fertiliser and plant nutrition services.

“We are committed to fostering the personal and professional development of our graduates. The program ensures we, as a business, are constantly evolving and innovating – the introduction of young, curious agronomists certainly has a positive ripple effect across the business,” said Dr Evans

The expansion of the program is a demonstration in Elders’ confidence in Australian talent at a time when foreign investment and intervention is becoming more prevalent in the Australian agribusiness sphere.

“Australia’s rich agribusiness history is something we are certainly very proud of. Elders is committed to investing resources into local talent to ensure that the future of the industry remains in Australian hands,” Dr Evans concluded.

Now in its fifth year, the Elders Graduate Agronomy Program has produced a number of high performing agronomists who have since secured full time positions across the wider Elders network.

For more information about the Elders graduate program, please visit Elders careers