Worker experiences case study: Jess Nottle, DLF Seeds


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DLF Seeds production agronomist Jess Nottle never thought she’d work in agriculture or with farmers, now a typical day involves advising farmers on how to grow their seed crops. With no prior agricultural experience, a local traineeship offered Jess a pathway into the seeds industry and a rewarding career with plenty of opportunities on the horizon – and she hasn’t looked back.

The Bordertown, SA local jumped into agriculture not knowing what to expect and absolutely loves it. For Jess, what she loves most is working with farmers, helping them with their challenges and seeing their rewards at the end.

Jess encourages people to ask anyone involved in agriculture about what it’s really like. There’s loads of opportunities, a great community, rewarding career options and lots of pathways into the industry.

Learn how Jess Nottle forged a pathway into the seeds industry
Watch Jess’ story

This case study forms part of the AgriFutures Australia Workforce and Leadership focus area which assists in the development, attraction and retention of the agricultural workforce. Sharing the real-world experiences of individuals and businesses offers a snapshot into the diverse opportunities available across rural industries and shows how others can successfully forge a career in agriculture.

Check out the stories of other inspiring Australians who have entered the agricultural workforce.

Audrey Keck, whose dream of working outdoors with animals has become a reality
Georgia Beattie, CEO of Bulla Park, Australia’s largest organic mushroom farm
Pig farmers Tim and Mark Kingma, who have merged their skills to boost the family business
Trish Hammond, who traded nursing for dairy farming and now co-runs MPH Farming
Tom Shaw who is redefining the future of agriculture through indoor farming at InvertiGro


Alternatively, return to the Community Perceptions and Worker Experiences Program home page.

Jess Nottle and Glen Zadow farmer Glen Zadow in a crop of ryecorn

Jess Nottle and farmer Glen Zadow in a crop of ryecorn near Tintinara on the Limestone Coast of South Australia.