Edwina Simpson

Runner Up ADAMA Young Agronomist of the Year 2016

Name:
Edwina Simpson
Western AG, Kaniva, Victoria

Qualifications:
Bacjelor of Agricultural Business Management; Diploma of Agriculture.

Key Crops:
Wheat, Canola, Barley, Pasture.

What do you love about being an agronomist?
The most satisfying thing about agronomy is the relationships that you build with clients. The inconsistency of climate we have experienced in my region in the last few years have been nothing short of extreme. During these times you realise how important your relationships with your clients are. Agronomy is much more that helping growers to produce a product.

What would you say to a young person to encourage them to pursue a career in agronomy?
Agronomy has the potential to give you a long, diverse and rewarding career. Agriculture is a very inclusive and welcoming industry with people who are passionate about their products, all the way from producer to reseller, territory managers and end-use buyers. Be aware of the resources available to you and use them. Ask questions, pay attention to the details, and if you don't know the answer be honest and do your homework.

Does agronomy have a bright furure?
Agriculture is dynamic. We are forever chasing a moving target; therefore, we need dynamic consultants. Dynamic growers are keen to get amongst the action and try ‘new’ things, yet often aren’t exposed to the experiences of R&D teams, other growers and local and interstate trials. So the role of the agronomist is becoming increasingly important as a pathway for information from research to implementation as challenges in farming become more complex.