Daniel Hillebrand

ADAMA Young Agronomist of the Year 2016

Daniel Hillebrand
YP AG, Kadina, South Australia

Bachelor of Agriculture; Diploma in Agricultutral Production; Diploma of Agriculture.

Key crops:
Wheat, Canola, Barley, Chickpeas, Lentils.

What do you love about being an agronomist?
It is an extremely rewarding job. Every year and every season presents new challenges to overcome such as climatic constraints, pests, nutrition and products. These new challenges along with change in agricultural technology and practices, require me to continue improving my education and skill development, so I can stay ahead in the industry. No year is ever the same which leads to an exciting job filled with a lot of passionate people in the industry.

What would you say to a young person to encourage them to pursue a career in agronomy?
If you are looking for an exciting and challenging job, agronomy is a great career choice. Agricultural technology continues to improve from drones to robotic equipment, and being a part of this progression is extremely exciting and makes you wonder where we will be in five or ten years. You will have the opportunity to meet a number of people across the country, and build both relationships and networks with passionate people throughout Australia. The job also provides you with various opportunities to travel both within Australia and Internationally in order to further develop your knowledge and skills for the job. And best of all we get to work outdoors on a day to day basis.

Does agronomy have a bright furure?
I think Agronomy has a very bright future and it is becoming a more important role in the industry every year. There continues to be so much change as agriculture progresses, and growers won’t be able to keep up with these on their own. Farmers will always keep up to date with technology changes, but there is so much more change in the agronomic sector.

Daniel Hillebrand - ADAMA Young Agronomist of the Year 2016