Former Barooga resident Chris ‘Desi’ Toohey has taken out the Elders smart farmer fee-for-service agronomist of the year award for the southern zone, taking in southern NSW, South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria.
Mr Toohey grew up on the family farm, before moving to Albury to take up a trade and studying before becoming an agronomist.
Ten years on, he has done the ‘three-peat’ in the agronomist of the year award in his category.
The award is presented to the agronomist who displays the highest business growth in percentage terms, with Mr Toohey achieving 100 per cent increase in each of the three years.
But for Mr Toohey is is just another day in a role he loves.
‘‘It’s just giving prompt service and this year’s no exception because we’ve had a lot of drought and frost,’’ he said.
‘‘I work with farmers to make some of those hard decisions — no matter what the season brings.
‘‘It’s a lot of strategy and face-to-face work because everyone’s goals are different.’’
Mr Toohey works with farmers in the Rutherglen, Oaklands, Urana, Corowa, Burrumbuttock, Rand, Brocklesby and Walbundrie areas.
‘‘I enjoy what I do and it's rewarding to see growers achieve their goals and increase their production through the service,’’ he said.
Inspiring speaker: Agricultural agronomist Chris Toohey said growing up in on a farm near Barooga had sparked his passion for agronomy.