New agronomy talent more important than ever - Elders Rural Services

New agronomy talent more important than ever

The Elders Graduate Agronomy Program has strengthened its commitment to Australia’s budding agronomists, with nine worthy graduates commencing in 2022.

Elders is delighted to welcome to following talented graduates to the team:

  • Adelaide Hagan, based in Esperance, Western Australia
  • Amy Canty, based in Cowra, New South Wales
  • Anthony Kakafikas-Bek, based in Loxton, South Australia
  • Ben Malcolm, based in Pakenham, Victoria
  • Brianna Schaefer, based in Kadina, South Australia
  • Lily Dyson, based in Ballarat, Victoria
  • Oliver Harding, based in Northam, Western Australia
  • Steph Brownrigg, based in Naracoorte, South Australia
  • Thomas White, based in Jandowae, Queensland.

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.

Former program participant Connor Steel, now a horticultural agronomist at Elders Pakenham, said the graduate program was the perfect entry way into the ag and horticulture industry.

“I was able to develop in my own time with mentors who were experts in their respective fields,” he explained.

“There were heaps of opportunities to go to industry events and network with other agros and grads. This was the ideal situation for someone who wanted to get a feel for several different crop types without knowing exactly what they wanted to fall into. I have ended up in horticulture and wouldn’t change a thing.” 

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.

Since 2015 the Elders Graduate Agronomy Program has produced many high performing agronomists who have since secured full time positions across the wider Elders network.

Graham Page, Head of Technical Services at Elders has had the pleasure of fostering the on-going careers of many graduates over the years and he understands the importance of retaining talent within the business.

“It’s pleasing to see our graduates continue on with Elders post completion of the program. It highlights the level of professionalism within the program and the willingness of both the graduate and Elders to invest in an on-going career in the business,” Mr Page said.

“We understand that our graduates are highly sought after, not only by other businesses but also among Elders branches, which shows just how highly we value what they bring to Elders from day one.”

Elders are proud to be fostering the development of the next generation of agronomists and recognise the value this partnership will bring to Australian agriculture for many years to come.

Applications for the 2023 Elders Graduate Agronomy Program are now open.

Learn more about the program

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