Growing up on a cotton property near Jimbour on the Darling Downs, Ellie McVeigh never imagined herself working in tropical North Queensland.
However, following graduation, she saw the Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF) Graduate Agricultural Extension Program as a fantastic opportunity to become part of the agricultural extension sector.
After completing a dual degree in Agribusiness and Applied Science (Agronomy) at the University of Queensland in Gatton, Ellie looked to further her knowledge in an industry totally new to her.
“After finishing university, I looked to gain a job where I could assist growers to improve their on-farm productivity,” Ellie said.
“The QFF program provided a perfect opportunity to work with growers on-ground to improve both their productivity and sustainability.”
Based at Herbert Cane Productivity Services (HCPSL) in Ingham, Ellie has had the opportunity to be involved in a range of projects and activities.
Throughout the 12 months, Ellie has been involved in various activities at HCPSL – from conducting a nematode survey, completing nutrient management plans to delivering grower workshops.
Having settled into the North Queensland community, Ellie looks forward to continuing to work with growers in the Herbert.
“I have really enjoyed getting to know growers across the district and look forward to working with them in the future,” Ellie said.
She has gained an array of knowledge on sugarcane farming systems from both local growers and her mentors at HCPSL.
Reflecting on the year, Ellie is grateful to have been offered the opportunity to participate in the QFF Agricultural Extension Graduate Program.
“The program has allowed me and the other graduates to form the foundations for a successful career in the Ag industry.”
Ellie is passionate about agriculture and hopes to continue to advise and educate producers in making informed and sustainable management decisions.
This program is delivered by the Rural Jobs and Skills Alliance (led by QFF) and funded by the Queensland Government Reef Water Quality Program and the partnership between the Australian Government’s Reef Trust and the Great Barrier Reef Foundation.