Panel member wins agronomy award
GRDC Northern Panel member Loretta Serafin was recently named joint winner of the Australian Society of Agronomy’s Young Agronomist Award for excellence in research and extension.
Ms Serafin, who works as a district agronomist and technical specialist with the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries (DPI), shared the 2012 award with GRDC-supported CSIRO Plant Industry research scientist Dr James Hunt.
After starting with NSW DPI in 1999 as an agronomist-in-training, Ms Serafin now coordinates extension and training for agronomists and growers in northern and central NSW.
She is also involved in research on summer crops and farming systems with the aim of boosting grain growers’ sustainability and profit.
Ms Serafin told those gathered at the 16th Australian Agronomy Conference in Armidale, NSW, that she was delighted to receive the award and congratulated co-winner Dr Hunt.
As an agronomist and GRDC panel member, Ms Serafin says she is passionate about working with growers and researchers to ensure GRDC’s investments are tailored to regional and national priorities.
“A big part of what I do each day is linking farmers, advisers and researchers to speed the adoption of cutting-edge grains research.”
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