Career Harvest is a one-stop shop for prospective students to discover rewarding careers.
There are a wide range of jobs, both in Australia and overseas, that graduates within agriculture and agribusiness industries can make meaningful contributions to.
Current challenges and opportunities available to graduates include feeding the world, adapting to climate change, managing the environment, operating profitable markets, managing future energy sources, and maintaining biodiversity.
Career Harvest was created in 2011, thanks to a collaboration between the Australian Council of Deans of Agriculture (ACDA) and various bodies across the agriculture and education industries.
Career Harvest was relaunched in 2012, by the ACDA along with Rimfire and communications specialist redhanded Communications Group.
The Career Harvest Incorporated Board is made up of:
Independent Chair – David Anthony
David Anthony is Chairman of Auscott Limited, a key agribusiness in Australia which produces significant volumes of agricultural commodities including cotton and grains. David has held many senior directorships in cotton industry organisations especially those associated with research, development and extension, Best Management Practice and sustainable production. He is Chairman of the Australian Farm Institute and a councilor on the NSW Primary Industry Ministerial Advisory Council. David holds a B.Sc.Agr. (Hon 1) from the University of Sydney.
ACDA Representative – Professor Rick Roush from the University of Melbourne
Rick Roush is Dean of the Melbourne School of Land and Environment and immediate Past President of the Australian Council of Deans of Agriculture. Prior to joining the University of Melbourne in 2006, Rick served as Director of the University of California (UC) Integrated Pest Management and Sustainable Agriculture Programs (2003-2006) and Director of the Cooperative Research Centre on Australian Weed Management based at the University of Adelaide (1998-2003). Educated in the University of California with specializations in entomology and genetics, Rick earned his BS at UC Davis (1976) and PhD at UC Berkeley (1979), before serving as an Associate Professor at both Mississippi State and Cornell Universities.
ACDA Representative – Jim Pratley, ACDA Secretary
Jim is Research Professor of Agriculture at Charles Sturt University and Secretary of the Australian Council of Deans of Agriculture. He graduated with BSc and PhD degrees from the University of NSW and took up an academic position at Wagga Wagga where he has been since 1972. He was Foundation Dean of Science and Agriculture at Charles Sturt University from 1990 until 2006. Jim has taught courses in agronomy and related areas and has published widely in conservation farming, weed management, herbicide resistance and allelopathy. He is a former President of the Australian Society of Agronomy and former Vice President of the International Allelopathy Society. He has served on the Boards of the Cooperative Research Centres of Viticulture, Sustainable Rice Production, Weed Management Systems and Plant Based Management of Dryland Salinity. He is a member of the Research Advisory Committee of the Australian Farm Institute, and the NSW Primary Industries Minister’s Ministerial Advisory Council.
Emerging Professional Representative – Caspar Roxburgh, La Trobe University student
Caspar Roxburgh is a recent graduate with a bachelor in Agricultural Science (Hons)/International Development from La Trobe University. His research area has been in subsoil manuring and its effect on the root growth of wheat. He has been an active as a student of agricultural science, giving public lectures on agriculture and its role in solving some of the greatest problems of our age. Caspar acts as the representative of emerging graduates in Agriculture on the board of CHI. He intends to conduct further research into the recycling of waste products and their use in agricultural systems. Caspar has acted as an agricultural consultant for the Australian Red Cross and Left-Right Think Tank. He is the Co Secretary-General of AMUNC 2012 Inc and the current editorial assistant of the academic journal Global Change, Peace & Security at the Centre for Dialogue, La Trobe University.
Rimfire Representative – Nigel Crawley
Nigel has a farming background and studied a Bachelor of Applied Science at Melbourne Univerisity (Dookie -1994) and also has a Post Graduate Certificate in Business (Agribusiness – Monash 1998). Before joining Rimfire Resources in 2000, he previously worked in the dairy industry (Herd Improvement) in Northern Victoria, Rural Merchandise/Distribution in Queensland and in Farm Machinery in Canada and the US. As a Director of Rimfire Resources, Nigel is invloved in all parts of Rimfire’s business activities specific to agribusiness which include recruitment, salary benchmarking and graduate recruitment through Grad-Link.
Redhanded Representative – Jim Gall
Jim co-founded specialist rural and regional communications group redhanded in 2002 following a successful career in regional journalism, public relations and advertising. An Associate of the Advertising Federation of Australia, Jim’s strategic insight has helped create some of the most memorable marketing campaigns in the category including the recent launch of Roundup Attack along with successful brand building campaigns for Kubota Tractors Australia, Cydectin, Nufarm Australia, ANZ Bank and Marcus Oldham, to name just a few. Jim is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD) and along with Career Harvest, is also a Director of redhanded Communications Group and the Faithfull’s Creek Pastoral Company. A fifth generation grazier from Euroa, Jim studied Journalism at Deakin University and also holds an Associate Diploma of Applied Science.