Primary producers to benefit from technical expert
Primary producers in southern Australia will benefit from Elders’ appointment of Dr Grant Roberts to the role of Technical Services Manager – Southern Zone.
Zone Farm Supplies Manager Craig Hore said that Grant brings 23 years of agricultural industry experience to Elders and will provide technical expertise to the agronomists and farm supplies staff in South Australia, Victoria, Tasmania and Southern NSW.
“Grant brings skills in broadacre agronomy, as well as experience in pastures and cotton,” Mr Hore said.
“His expertise in weed management and trial design will be a great asset as we continue to develop our Elders technology trial sites across the country to demonstrate new and old chemistry and management of herbicide resistance,” he said.
“Producers will benefit from Grant’s previous work in Northern NSW with the Australian Cotton Cooperative Research Centre, researching sustainable cotton production, and his experience in private consulting roles in the mid north of South Australia,” he said.
Originally from a wheat and sheep farm in Clare, Dr Robert’s most recent role was as the senior agronomist at Viterra, where he helped create their agronomy service offering and technical teams.
Dr Roberts said that as Technical Services Manager for the Southern Zone, he will provide a technical link to the procurement and logistics side of the business, while mentoring and developing the agronomy team and technical sales offering.
“It is important to link agronomy to profitability, in all aspects of the business, and the opportunities for producers to increase their profitability are enormous,” Dr Roberts said.
Grant holds a PhD from the University of Adelaide, where he specialised in broadacre crops in rotation with pastures being grazed by livestock. He also holds a Bachelor of Applied Science Agriculture and a Graduate Diploma in Agriculture.