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    HONOURED: Agriculture Victoria senior research agronomist Jason Brand.

AgLife: Top award for research agronomist Jason Brand

Agriculture Victoria senior research agronomist Jason Brand is the toast of Mallee Sustainable Farming after winning its 2021 David Roget Award for Excellence.

Mallee Sustainable Farming executive officer Lachie Sutton presented Mr Brand, a familiar figure in the Wimmera-Mallee broadacre farming industry, with his award at a Mildura Mallee Research Update earlier this month.

Mr Sutton said Mr Brand had won recognition for his work leading a Southern Pulse Agronomy Program and providing services to regional growers.

“He has been recognised for approaching this extension work in a balanced way and has developed management packages to help farmers achieve optimal results with what are now key cornerstones of modern farming systems,” he said.

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The David Roget Award for Excellence recognises an individual, business or group who has made a significant contribution to dryland-farming production systems in the Mallee Sustainable Farming region.

Mr Brand was nominated for the award for the role he has played in the development and extension of the Australian pulse industry and also for his work in attracting young people into grains research as graduates, PhD students and technical staff.

Mr Brand said he was honoured to receive the award and having the opportunity to work with growers, agronomists and researchers. 

“I really enjoy collaborating and sharing knowledge out in the field and working alongside groups like Mallee Sustainable Farming and Michael Moodie from Frontier Farming Systems to achieve all we have in the pulse industry,” he said.

Mallee Sustainable Farming created the award to celebrate the work of the late David Roget.

Mr Roget was a principal research scientist with CSIRO at the Waite campus, Adelaide, before he retired in 2005. He was renowned for  developing and promoting the concept of farming-systems research by bringing together multiple disciplines and grower input, particularly through the Mallee Sustainable Farming Project.

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