Staff profiles


Kent Wooding

Kent Wooding

General Manager, Swan Hill

Kent has been advising growers in agronomic matters since the early 90s and is based in Swan Hill, Victoria. Kent is the General Manager of AGRIvision Consultants and is passionate about providing the correct scientific solutions to key agronomic issues. He is responsible for developing and implementing AGRIvision Consultants strategic and operational plans, and for managing the operational functions of the business. Kent is also the editor of the AGRIfax service and Farmfact note series. Kent oversees the project management operations of the business.


Brett Ainsworth

Brett Ainsworth

Agronomy Consultant, Boort

Brett studied Ag at Latrobe University and then worked several years with the Department of Ag.

He then moved into a commercial agronomy role Swan Hill for several years before heading to Western Australia.

Brett worked with farms in Western Australia before taking a role in the mining industry for several years. He has maintained his connection with agriculture by working on farms at Calingiri each year.

Brett is back in the region living out his passion for agronomy. He is heaviliy involved in finding profitable alternative cropping options for the area.

 


Brad Bennett

Brad Bennett

Agronomist, Ouyen

Brad grew up on a family farm at Lalbert, where he maintains an interest in the operation of the business. Brad studied at the University of Melbourne, Dookie Campus, and graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science; Agriculture (Honours), after which he worked for SARDI as a pulse development officer, undertaking trial work in Pulse Breeding, predominantly in the Mid North region of South Australia.

Based on this experience, Brad is now keen for farmers in the Mallee to adopt more pulses in the rotation and make them economically viable. Brad works in the Ouyen region consulting to farm businesses and North West Ag. Brad is a key member of our Precision Ag team that provides VR mapping services to clients. Brad also manages selected R&D projects for AGRIvision.


Jaron Bennett 1990 - 2015

Jaron Bennett 1990 - 2015

Agronomy Consultant, Victorian Mallee

We will always remember Jaron for his unwavering passion. Whatever he did he gave it 100%. He was always so eager and willing to help others and please others.  It's like he was living his life to leave a legacy of having a red hot go.

Jaron would often take on new responsibilities and was an integral part of the Aglink Agronomy Conference Committee and the GRDC Spray Application Workshops.

Jaron gained lot of satisfaction out of helping his clients and went the extra mile to ensure he looked after their farm business. His plans and recommendations were very detailed and were well articulated.

Jaron was a natural thinker and leader and earned his respected position in the team. His passion for life, exuberance and infectious smile influenced all of those around him.  His legacy is our inspiration, every day.


Matt Bissett

Matt Bissett

Agronomy Consultant, Sea Lake/Woomelang/Hopetoun

Matt grew up on the family farm at Serpentine and came to AGRIvision Consultants via Melbourne University, Dookie Campus. Matt has a special interest in precision agriculture and takes a lead role in our EM 38 survey work, and also heads up the PA business for AGRIvision. Matt is one of the Precision Ag leaders in the Victorian Mallee and has assisted many growers with PA adoption, implementation and verification. Matt services clients through the central Mallee and Wimmera regions.


Ben Brennan

Ben Brennan

Agronomist, Donald

Ben joined the JSA independent team in 2015 and moved across to AGRIvision when the business changed hands. He grew up on the family farm at Wycheproof, where he still maintains involvement when time allows. Ben has a Bachelor of Agricultural Science from the University of Melbourne. Prior to joining JSA Independent, Ben worked for AWB/Cargill in customer service and logistics, and spent time on the family farm.


Jarrod Brown

Jarrod Brown

Agronomy Consultant, R&D Manager, Swan Hill

Jarrod grew up on the family farm at Meatian, Victoria, and still has a strong involvement with the management and operation of the property. After obtaining his Bachelor of Applied Science in Ag, Jarrod has advised growers and conducted research with several organizations including fertiliser companies and DPI Victoria. Jarrod consults to growers and manages the research division for AGRIvision Consultants. He conducts trials to obtain independent results for our contract clients, farm clients, the AGRIvision team and the general farming community.

Jarrod has a special interest in precision agriculture and systems management. Jarrod is driven to provide accurate scientific data for projects to deliver solutions against identified agricultural and natural resource management problems. Jarrod is focussed on ensuring the results contain the economic and financial data to help clients make better decisions. Jarrod also provides agronomy consultancy to a number of key farm clients in the region.


Dylan Fox

Dylan Fox

Agronomist, Woomelang/Hopetoun

Dylan grew up on the family farming property at Goschen south east of Swan Hill where he still maintains an active involvement in the farm. He studied at Longerenong College and completed an advanced diploma of agriculture and a diploma of agronomy.

Dylan still enjoys working on the farm when time allows and accepts the challenge of implementing new ideas and technologies to their own farming system. He has a keen interest in sustainable farming and adopting new practises that will take farming to the next level. He is also interested in spreading risk in farm businesses by utilising different management systems to optimise production and at the same time limit financial exposure.


Joe Fox

Joe Fox

Agronomist, Quambatook

Joe hails from the Lalbert region South West of Swan Hill and is actively involved in the family farm. Joe studied at Longerenong College, completing an Advanced Diploma of Agriculture and a Diploma of Agronomy.

Joe works closely with the other consultants in the region to assist with the on-farm advice and agronomy in this dynamic region for agriculture. Joe takes a hands on approach to agronomy and successfuly combines the technical and practical aspects of agronomy. Joe also carries out research as part of the extended R&D team and assists with trial layout, implementation, monitoring and recording. Joe is also contracted to provide service and advice to North West Ag Services.


Rob Fox

Rob Fox

Agronomist, Marnoo


Rob grew up on a family farm near Lalbert where he still maintains a hands on involvment with the management and operation of the farm. He studied at Longerenong Ag College and graduated with an Advanced Diploma of Agriculture and a  Diploma of Agronomy.  
Rob has a passion for increasing profitability of mixed farming enterprises and works hard to ensure the cropping and grazing systems complement each other.
 


Erin Johns

Erin Johns

Agronomy Consultant, Donald

Erin joined JSA Independent in July 2012 as a cropping consultant and moved across to AGRIvision when the business changed hands.  Erin completed her Advanced Diploma in Agriculture, Diploma in Agronomy and Cert. IV in woolclassing at Longerenong College in 2010-2011 and worked with Landmark in Bannockburn over 12 months.  Erin comes from Winchelsea where her family manage a cropping and grazing property.


Craig Landwehr

Craig Landwehr

Agronomist, Donald

Craig grew up on the family farm at Laen, South West of Donald and farmed that land for a number of years.
Following the farm, Craig started as an agronomist in the early 2000's with Harberger Farm Supplies in Donald. 


He has been involved in the agricultural industry for over 30 years and is now relishing the opportunity as an Independant Agronomist with Agrivision Consultants.


Craig is passionate about the local community and the profitabilty and sustainability of the farming businesses he deals with. Craig believes being out in the paddock is critically important as that is where it all happens. Constantly balancing decisions between agronomy and the best return on investment for the grower.


Riley Lehmann

Riley Lehmann

Tech Services Agronomist, Beulah

Riley grew up on a family farm near Beulah in North West Victoria and still maintains a small involvement on the property. He has previously worked for GrainCorp and the Department of Agriculture while completing his Bachelor of Agriculture at the University of Melbourne. 
Riley has now made his way back to the Mallee to pursue a career in agronomy where he has a passion for soil science and mixed enterprise farming. 
 


Jake Leith

Jake Leith

Tech Services Agronomist, Warracknabeal

Jake grew up on the family farm at Boolite east of Warracknabeal. This is where Jake developed a keen interest in farming and he still maintains an active interest in the family farming operation. To follow his passion in Agriculture, Jake studied the Advanced Diploma of Agriculture at Longerenong College.

Jake enjoys working with the local growers to bring a practical understanding to agronomic decisions. Jake has a keen interest in soil science and spray application.


Tom Lord

Tom Lord

Agronomy Consultant, Wycheproof

After completing a Bachelor of Applied Science Agriculture from the University of Melbourne Dookie campus, Tom started working as a research science officer with BCG. Tom was responsible for a range of GRDC projects including brome grass control and herbicide resistance trials at a range of sites.

After a year in this role Tom was employed by Harm van Rees, principal consultant of CropFacts Pty Ltd as a consultant. Tom worked with a group of clients in an area covering the North Central Victoria, Northern Wimmera and South east Mallee. In this time Tom developed a passion for climate and local area weather patterns.

Tom is an owner of a grain growing business in the northern Wimmera where he maintains a direct influence. He enjoys a balance of both the practical and consultancy based agronomy. Tom is a leader in Fluid Fertiliser Technology in the Mallee.


Luke Maher

Luke Maher

Agronomy Consultant, Quambatook

Luke grew up on the family farm at Nyah West and completed a Bachelor of Applied Science degree at the University of Melbourne, Dookie Campus. Following university, he spent some valuable time on the family farm before commencing his agronomy career with North West Ag Services in 2003.

As a highly regarded professional farm advisor, Luke has helped many growers adopt no-till farming technology with a "hands-on" approach. Luke also maintains a special interest in foliar disease management and cropping risk management. Having a very close link with his family farm allows Luke to test this technology before delivering the results to clients.


Lee McNaulty

Lee McNaulty

Agronomy Consultant, St Arnaud

Lee studied at the University of Melbourne, Longerenong College Campus and graduated in 2005 with an Advanced Diploma of Agriculture.

Lee started her agronomy career with Landmark at Skipton. Lee then moved on to a farm at Logan and started providing agronomy services for AGRIvision in the region.

Lee is passionate about providing the best independent agronomy and helping farmers with their crop production and farm management.


Craig Muir

Craig Muir

Agronomy Consultant, Swan Hill

Craig grew up on small mixed farm at Nyah West. He followed his passion for science and all things practical and  graduated in 2004 from Charles Sturt University with First Class Honours in Ag Science.

Craig then spent time with the then NSW Agriculture at the Wagga Wagga Ag Institute where he gained valuable agronomic experience working alongside some of the most innovative farmers and renowned research scientists in Australian agriculture. Craig managed several roles and projects in a number of regions throughout NSW in his time with NSW DPI.

He moved back to Swan Hill with his family after 10 years away taking on an agronomy role. He honed his skills in dryland and irrigated broadacre summer and winter cropping working in the Mallee and southern NSW. But his passion for independence and providing the most robust farm business solutions lead him to join the team at AGRIvision in 2014.

He's a strong advocate for evidence based agriculture and believes good farming grows from good science. His drive to achieve the best solutions for his clients means you'll find him in the paddock rain, hail or shine. The answers are in the paddock so that's where you have to be.


Dianne Newall

Dianne Newall

Business Support Officer, Donald

Dianne manages the office and administration for AGRIvision at Donald. Dianne has been in this role since June 2005, having worked in the banking industry prior to joining the JSA team and now AGRIvision. She has also studied a Certificate III in Rural Office Practice with The University of Melbourne.


Doug Perryman

Doug Perryman

Agronomy Consultant, Boort

Doug studied at Latrobe University and then started his agronomy career in 2004 in the Bridgewater and Boort regions.

Doug grew up on the family farm at Boort and still maintains an active role in the farm business.

He provides agronomy services to both dryland and irrigation growers and has a particular interest in tomato production.

Doug is looking forward to focussing totally on Independent Agronomy Consulting and being part of a large and dynamic team. 


Tim Pohlner

Tim Pohlner

Agronomy Consultant, Horsham

Tim is originally from the Nhill region in the Victorian Wimmera. Tim completed a Bachelor of Agriculture from the Melbourne University, Dookie Campus and then ventured over to Western Australia to commence his career in agronomy.

Tim was an agronomist in Esperance for three years before coming back to Victoria to join the AGRIvision team. His experience with no till and zero till cropping systems will be a great asset to his clients and our team. Tim also has experience with EM 38, gamma radio metric and VRT mapping. The experience gained in the area was broad given the extreme variation in rainfall from the coast to the inland farm areas.

Tim has a real interest in herbicide resistant wild radish and economic weed control in pulses. He provides agronomic consultancy to growers in the Northern Wimmera region with AGRIvision.


Rob Sonogan

Rob Sonogan

Agronomist, Swan Hill

Rob was raised on a small mixed farm and graduated from Dookie Agricultural College in the 1970s.

Rob initially managed an intensive piggery that produced bioenergy (methane) from dung to heat the farrowing pens and then moved into agronomy.

Rob was a Soil Conservation Officer from 1974 at Charlton, Puckapunyal, Ouyen and Swan Hill. He became an Agronomist at Swan Hill in 1992 with the Ag Department. For over three decades he has grown to understand many of the issues confronting Mallee communities and farmers.

Rob has had a unique and privileged position offered by many farmers of a very personal nature to their farming systems and economics. At the same time he has also had access to the latest research findings. He thrives on trying to put together the complete most economic farming system package.

Rob also prides himself of having a relatively unrestrained manner of calling a 'spade a spade' and loves a challenge. His experience is a great asset to Mallee farms.

Rob is currently an active member on the GRDC Southern Panel.


John Stuchbery

John Stuchbery

Agronomy Consultant, Donald

John was the founder of JSA Independent. He grew up on the family grazing and cropping property in the Upper South East of South Australia. John has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Agriculture and a Graduate Diploma in Agriculture from Roseworthy Agricultural College. He has previously worked on the family farm, in research roles with the Departments of Agriculture in South Australia and Victoria and for the Australian Wheat Board in Port Lincoln, South Australia. In 1993, John commenced work as a private consultant based in Donald servicing the Wimmera, southern Mallee and Western District of Victoria. John will head up projects for AGRIvision and is focussed on strategic farm business consultancy with his clients.


Kate Wilson

Kate Wilson

Agronomy Consultant, Woomelang/Hopetoun

Kate is an experienced advisor and has been involved with agronomy in the Woomelang district since 1993. She has developed a keen interest in soil science in the last few years as well as being at the forefront of helping many Mallee growers seamlessly adopt a no-till farming system.

Kate takes a lead role in the Agworld farm management software for the AGRIvision team. Kate farms locally with her husband and two children. She has a strong commitment to the communities of Woomelang and Hopetoun. Kate has a special interest in the link between agronomy and farm business management. Kate is also an active member of the GRDC Southern Region Panel.