Farmacist agronomist, Alice Moore, is taking on the lead role of Industry Extension Officer as part of the project. For the past six years Alice has been working in Far North Queensland helping local sugarcane growers implement tailored nutrient and chemical solutions in their operations, while focusing on precision agriculture practices and technology. This new project has given Alice the opportunity to return to her hometown of Casino in northern NSW and create change in the industry in which she grew up.
The project seeks to address a gap in extension and communication activities for tea tree growers and their advisors, which is restricting the uptake and benefits of industry research and development outcomes.
“By developing and delivering an extension service driven by collaboration and industry priorities, we hope to close this gap,” explained Alice.
“Through greater grower engagement we can accelerate the adoption of improved production techniques and drive improved economic, social and environmental benefits for the tea tree industry.”