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Bill Back

Bill’s early agronomic experience was as a temperate pasture agronomist on the New England Tablelands. Since then, he enjoyed 10 years working for Auscott in both the Namoi and Murrumbidgee valleys. This focused on irrigated cotton production, but also summer and winter grain, pulse and oil seed crops.

In 2020 Bill transferred to the Lachlan Valley and now resides at Hillston managing a corporate farm. In addition to cotton, wheat, barley and canola production, he now oversees a developing almond orchard. Bill has always enjoyed the technical side to agronomy with his role allowing him the autonomy to specialise as an agronomic manager. He has a passion for farming systems and the practical application of agronomy. 

Bill has completed a Bachelor of Agricultural Science, Rural Management (Hons) and a Graduate Certificate in Rural Science: Cotton Production. 

Bill joined the Crop Consultants Australia Board in 2016.

Sam Simons is a Senior Agronomist at Poole Ag Consulting, an independent, progressive farm consultancy business based in Moree, North West NSW.

Following a background in on-farm agricultural research and development through the Liverpool Plains, Central West and North West NSW with Kalyx and AMPS Research, Sam has been consulting for the last 10 years.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture with honours, sits on several steering committees within the grains and cotton network, and is a Chartered Agriculturalist through Ag Institute Australia.

Sam joined the Crop Consultants Australia Board in 2018.

Liz Lobsey is the current Young Member Director for Crop Consultants Australia. Over her time on the CCA Board she has held many positions including that of Finance Director for four years.

In her ‘day job’ she is an independent agronomist working for Meteora Agronomic Consulting on the Darling Downs in QLD. Liz has been with Meteora since 2012 after holding roles as both an office manager for a farming business and an accountant.

Liz has a Bachelor of Business and a Graduate Diploma in Rural Science. 

She joined the Crop Consultants Australia Board in 2016.

Bede has over 20 years practical knowledge of Qld and Northern NSW’s cropping, pasture and irrigated crops. Following study at both UQ Gatton and UNE, he has been involved in practical roles in agricultural supply, territory sales management, agronomy consulting, government extension and training. Bede has a strong interest in practical crop nutrition and simplifying products and application techniques.

He is currently a Technical Agronomist with Incitec Pivot Fertilisers, based in Toowoomba. Covering a geographical area of Emerald in Central Qld, Southern and SW Qld, to Narrabri in Northern NSW, he specialises in providing frank crop nutrition advice, training in Agronomy in Practice and software platforms, conducting long and short term field trials and product development activities in the cotton and summer grains markets.

Bede joined the Crop Consultants Australia Board in 2021.

Belinda began her career in cotton on the Darling Downs before moving to Emerald for five years. The majority of her time in Emerald was spent working for the private consulting company Graham Spackman & Associates covering all aspects of broadacre and cotton agronomy across a broad geographical area. She moved back to the Downs in 2009 and spent twelve years as a senior cotton and broadacre agronomist with Dalby Rural Supplies. Belinda returned to Emerald in 2021 to Iker Ag Consulting as a Senior Agronomist.

Belinda has completed a Bachelor of Science (Biology) and a Graduate Diploma in Agronomy.

Belinda joined the Crop Consultants Australia Board in 2021.

James is a consulting agronomist with over 10 years of experience in the industry. He started his career in the Wagga Wagga area before entering the cotton industry in Moree where he worked in an independent agronomy business for the first time. After this he relocated to Griffith where he worked as an agronomist for a large agribusiness, before establishing his own independent agronomic consulting business based in the Murrumbidgee and Murray valleys. In his spare time he also works in his family’s farming business and thoroughly enjoys the diversity in enterprises that agriculture has to offer.

James holds a Bachelor of Science (Agronomy & Livestock Production) and a Graduate Certificate in Agriculture – Cotton Production.

James joined the Crop Consultants Australia Board in 2021.

Dean is an Agronomist with Steve Madden Agriculture, an independent farm consultancy business based out of Wee Waa, located in Northwest NSW.

Dean grew up on a family Irrigation farm, with a focus on cotton legume rotations and farm sustainability. He has developed a strong interest in crop rotation for disease management, IPM with beneficial releases, and long-term farm sustainability. Starting his career as a Sales Agronomist with CGS Wee Waa in 2014, Dean then moved into independent consultancy with Steve Madden in 2016.

He holds a Bachelor of Agriculture Science with a major in Soil & Plant Physiology from the University of New England and joined the CCA Board in 2022.

Sally joined the CCA Board in 2022

Damien joined the CCA Board in 2022