BIOLOGIST AND FARMER CONTINUES FAMILY SUCCESS ON THE LAND
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WALTER FARMING (AH & GM WALTER PTY LTD)
Andrew Walter represents a new generation of farmer, with old fashioned values instilled in him from his mum and dad. He is very well educated, holding a Bachelor of Science (Hons) from University of Melbourne and a PhD in Plant Molecular Breeding from the Australian National University. He has been on multiple Government Advisory Committees and consults and has consulted for various state and federal governments, research companies, agricultural corporations and the United Nations.
It is with his strong academic background and upbringing we can see how Andrew forged success in his life and on the land. It’s this passing down of the Walter legacy from his late father Alan, where Andrew sees a lot of his father’s teaching reflected in his own unique approach.
From a young age, it was clear the influence Alan and Gladys had on nurturing Andrew’s passion for the farm and his inherent thirst for knowledge. Alan instilled in him that he could not compromise his homework for farm work.
The turning point for Andrew was when he got a scholarship through Rotary to go to the National Science Summer School. It was here he saw the opportunity in science, genetic engineering, and in particular how it could be applied in agriculture.
In 1992, he became the coach for the Australian International Biology Olympiad team. Under similar auspices as the Summer Olympics’ athletics, the International Biology Olympiad is held every year for high school students and is regarded as the ‘Olympic Games for Biology’. With Andrew in the lead, Australia made its debut in Czechoslovakia and went onto great success the year after in the Netherlands. No one is prouder than Gladys of Andrew’s tenure on the team, having enshrined Andrew’s Olympic history by framing his 14 blazer badges of each year of his participation.
From dividing his time between the farm and travelling the world through his agricultural consultancy business, what does the future hold for Andrew Walter? Andrew is happily single, saying he “hasn’t been caught just yet; he is too hot and too fast to settle down”. He continues to get offers to go on Channel Nine’s A Farmer Wants a
Wife with every new season and hasn’t ruled out going on it just yet!
“From a young age, it was clear the influence Alan and Gladys had on nurturing Andrew’s passion for the farm and his inherent thirst for knowledge.”
Gladys and Andrew Walter of Walter Farming