Matt started with Emmetts in late 2014, coming from the position of Field Agronomist with Bayer Crop Science, in their newly developed Wheat breeding program and the state of the art of plant breeding station located at Longerenong, Victoria.
Matt grew up on a family farm near Goroke in the West Wimmera, Victoria, running a mix of dryland cropping and stock. In 1999, Matt started with the Department of Agriculture, as Technical Assistant / Officer at the Victorian Institute of Dryland Agriculture with the canola breeding department. In late 2003 he moved away from the Wimmera, and over the next 6 years had various sales and management roles within and outside of the ag industry. In 2010 Matt returned to Horsham joining AgriSearch Services within a research and development role, focusing on plant breeding, efficacy and animal health trials. In 2012 Matt accepted a role with Bayer, with the newly established Wheat Breeding Program, managing breeding trials across Australia, and assisting in the planning and construction of the state of the art Plant Breeding Station at Longerenong.
"People say the future of agriculture is going to be exciting, I think the industry has always been exciting. To see how far plant breeding, machinery, agronomy and farming practices have come in a 100 years is inspiring. To see the advancement in the last 10-15 years with the introduction of; gps systems, yield monitors, machine telematics, and cloud based services. The next ten years should be phenomenal with iOT, quantum computers, robotics, drones, sensors that can be printed directly onto leaves, etc. The future of data enabled agriculture and differential management is going to be astonishing! I am proud and excited to be at the forefront of this”
Growing up in the small farming town of Cootamundra NSW, Laura quickly developed a passion for science, cropping and the community within the ag sector. This lead her to complete a Bachelor of Agriculture at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga and now also holds post graduate certificates in Ag Consulting and Agronomy.
Since finishing university, Laura has been employed with Ag N Vet Services within the Murrumbidgee/Riverina region of NSW. Here she gained experience in dryland and irrigation agronomy, farming systems and enjoyed adding value to local producers and the value add of good agronomy, efficient machinery and the use of precision ag technology. This is what lead to her interest in the agronomic applications of precision technology.
Within Laura’s role at Agree Decision Ag, Laura is looking forward to bringing exciting new technology and products to all clients. She is passionate about creating and offering practical solutions that increase profitability and sustainability.
“We are now on the precipice of the digital farming age, and it is thrilling to see it all unfold in front of us. With new herbicide and variety development slow to come into the market, we must start looking to precision agriculture to break through the ceiling that is productivity and profitability.”