Richard Sawyer - Senior Agronomist
Richards career started in the UK within the livestock industry and in 2001 he graduated from Harper Adams Agricultural College with a BSc in Land and Farm Management. From here he became involved in Field Management, managing the sales and supply of by-products recycling to agricultural land in the east of England. In 2004 Richard decided to take on an assistant farm manager’s position for a 2500ha mixed enterprise in Suffolk. Working with Agronomists and crop consultants they grew vegetables, vining peas and sugar beet in conjunction with combinable crops and cattle. At the age of 30 he decided he wanted to broaden his knowledge and experience by travelling, operating and managing machinery between the UK and Australia. This took him across a range of enterprises horticulture, pasture and broad acre. Gaining experience in a broad range of crops from onions, carrots and potatoes to cotton, rice and mustard.
In 2012 Richard decided to return to the UK to gain the BASIS certificate in Crop Protection and Fertiliser qualified adviser status, enabling him to work as an Agronomist in the UK with membership of the British Professional Register. Using this he worked as a sales Agronomist before deciding to return to Australia permanently in 2014.
'My role within the Emmetts group started as a Precision Agronomy Consultant in the Integrated Solutions department based in Roseworthy, SA. Working closely with colleagues to support customers at various stages on the precision farming ladder. The support offered covers a wide and exciting spectrum of customers across a broad area of the state. This brings with it many challenges, no two customers are the same and every challenge is an opportunity to learn. Utilising previous experience and drawing on expertise from across the Emmetts group to solve the issues at hand. Precision Ag is at the fore front of the agricultural industry, we are fortunate that our customers businesses are in a position to be able to utilise the technology and by forming the partnerships we do, we are able to maintain that cutting edge position which I feel is mutually beneficial to the individual businesses. Our aim with AGree is to enable all growers to utilise the PA technology within their operation by simplifying the information and working with customers to target their specific business needs.'
MATT BURNS - operations manager
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 I 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 I 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”