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FAR Australia announces new appointments

18 April 2022

Australian based field applied researcher, developer and extension provider announced today the appointments of two new agricultural trials officers; Rebecca Murray and Daniel Bosveld.

Confirming the appointments, Field Applied Research (FAR) Australia’s managing director Nick Poole said these latest appointments will enhance the organisation’s research capabilities in south-west and northern Victoria and southern NSW regions, as well as provide further resource nationally as our research portfolio continues to grow.

Having completed a Graduate Certificate of Agricultural Science at the University of Queensland in 2019, Rebecca Murray went on to pursue a career in agriculture where she became Technical Officer for the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. Here Rebecca has gained experience in field trial activities across both commercial and on-station trial sites. Rebecca has been responsible for trial assessments and sample collections as well and monitoring crop health and data analysis.

Rebecca was seconded to the position of Development Horticulturist in April 2020 which resulted in greater responsibility in terms of the organisation of field trial visitations and sampling programs and stakeholder engagement. Rebecca was also awarded the Department’s Achievement Award for Commitment and Integrity in 2021 for delivering results in what was an extremely challenging environment.

Rebecca will commence employment with FAR Australia on Monday 9th May and will be based out of FAR Australia’s Mulwala office where she will provide support for trial work in our northern Victoria and southern NSW regions.

Daniel Bosveld has recently completed a Bachelor of Agricultural Science with First Class Honours at the University of Tasmania. Not only has he been a top achiever amongst his fellow students, his passion for agriculture has not gone unrecognised with him being awarded the Neale Edwards Scholarship in Agricultural Science and Forestry and also the Tasmanian Beef Trust Scholarship.

Throughout his degree, Daniel developed some sound technological and data analysis skills and he has recently completed his honours project using GrassGro, a computer modelling tool that allowed him to model the effects of climate change on the productivity and profitability of pasture systems among a number of different climatic environments in Tasmanian farming regions.

Over the summer period, Daniel was exposed to the Grains Research & Development Corporation’s Hyper Yielding Crops project where he provided assistance with field research work at FAR Australia’s Tasmania Crop Technology Centre in Hagley.

Daniel will commence employment with FAR Australia on Tuesday 19th April and will be based out of FAR Australia’s head office in Bannockburn; he will primarily work between the Victoria and Tasmania Crop Technology Centres whilst providing assistance nationwide where required.

“The team and I are delighted to welcome Rebecca and Daniel on board and look forward to working closely with them in delivering quality field applied research for Australian growers,” said Mr Poole.

“As we continue to build capacity and capability in agricultural research, we also continue to deliver on our purpose of being a national provider of, and investor in, RD&E for the Australian agricultural sector.”

Together with these appointments comes the announcement of our New South Wales office relocation. As of 1 June 22, the office will be located at 12/ 95-103 Melbourne Street, Mulwala, NSW 2647.

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