Tim Heath

Runner-Up ADAMA Young Agronomist of the Year 2016

Name:
Tim Heath
GT Ag Services, Tolga, Queensland

Qualifications:
Bachelor of Agricultural Science

Key crops:
Avocados, Bananas, Sugarcane, Cucurbits, Potatoes, Peanuts, Maize, Soybean, Navy Beans, Grass Seed Production, Citrus, Mangoes, Blueberries, and Custard Apples.

What do you love about being an agronomist?
The thing I love most about being an agronomist is that no two days are the same. There are always new challenges, whether it be new pests, diseases or crops. My days vary from crop scouting in the field on my own, to spending time with growers in the office or the field. Growers are extremely intuitive and I love the opportunities to create new ideas.

What would you say to a young person to encourage them to pursue a career in agronomy?
My key advice for young people wanting to pursue a career in agronomy is to simply start and have a positive attitude towards learning. Agronomy is unlike most trades, there is never an end to the learning or completion of the trade. You just have to know where to access current information. You do not need to be a chemist or have a doctorate to be able to pursue a career in agronomy. If you are open minded and keen to learn and listen, the career opportunities for agronomy are endless. Simply start working alongside an agronomist, even if it is only for one hour per week, you will be surprised at what you can learn from a mentor.

Does agronomy have a bright furure?
Agronomy has a bright future as the demand for high quality fresh food is on an exponential increase as the world population and incomes continue to rise. The skills of a worthy agronomist will always be required, as yield and quality potential increases are unlimited. As the population grows and resources become scarce the importance of agronomy will compound. Horticultural growers are competing on the domestic and export market against each other and they will look to agronomists to find the competitive edge on their competition. An agronomist has the potential to unlock food security issues of the future.