Agrilink Agricultural Consultants’ Louise Flohr (left) and New South Wales Department of Primary Industries’ Rohan Brill were recognised at the 17th Australian Agronomy Conference in Hobart in September by the Australian Society of Agronomy. They were named joint winners of the 2015 Young Agronomist Award.
PHOTO: Nicole Baxter
A consultant from South Australia and an agronomist from New South Wales were recently recognised for their contribution to science and agronomy. Louise Flohr, from Agrilink Agricultural Consultants, and Rohan Brill, from the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI), were joint winners of the Australian Society of Agronomy’s 2015 Young Agronomist Award. The biennial award recognises research, teaching, education, publication and communication efforts among the scientific and farming communities.
Louise works in South Australia and is responsible for providing business and agronomic advice to growers. Other aspects of her work include farm planning, monitoring agronomic and business performance and supervising a nitrogen response trial in the Mallee region.
She began work with Agrilink in 2013, providing agronomic advice to growers in the southern Mallee region. She continues to work with growers, as well as running her own trial looking at nitrogen response curves and the impact on yield. She also upskills women in farm business and agronomy.
Louise’s drive to teach women about agronomic practices led her to gain funding from the GRDC to run a program called Grassroots Agronomy for Women in Farm Business in 2014. Following the success of the initial program, she gained funding from the SA Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources and continues to work with her original group, as well as a new group established in SA’s mid-north.
Rohan is a research and development agronomist who works on several GRDC-supported projects based at the Wagga Wagga Agricultural Institute, focusing on new canola agronomy, phenology and physiology, barley agronomy and frost mitigation.
He has communicated the outcomes of his research to advisers, researchers and grain growers via the GRDC Crop Updates, field days, conferences and more recently via social media platforms, Twitter and YouTube.
Rohan has made a major contribution to education and training, using trial sites to teach secondary school and university students about his research. Over the years, he has won two GRDC Industry Development awards that have enabled him to run focus tours for growers and advisers to look at various crop management strategies.
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