Award win­ner

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS -

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.

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