Written by Dhanya Shri Vimalan
Jordy is a Curtin University graduate, currently working with ConsultAg as an agronomist based in Narrogin. She is passionate about spreading the joys of agriculture and is dedicated to shaping the next generation of young farmers in the industry—Jordy talks to us about her time at university and her dreams for the future.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I grew up on our family farm, which is a mixture of sheep and cropping in Lake Grace, with my parents and three siblings. I attended the local primary school and then attended boarding school at Narrogin Senior High School for all my high school years.
Despite being from the country and having a farming background, I wasn’t always interested in pursuing a career in agriculture. At the end of year twelve, I was accepted into a health promotion degree at Curtin, in which I deferred to take a gap year, in which I spent my completing my personal training studies and working in Perth. Throughout this time, I realised that I did enjoy being in the country and liked the idea of working in the agriculture industry, so I changed my enrolment to pursue a Bachelor of Agribusiness.
What was it like moving from a rural town like Lake Grace to study at Curtin?
As I had just finished boarding school in Narrogin, I was already used to being away from my family and having some level of independence, so I didn’t find the move too difficult. It was something new and exciting. Most of my school friends had also made the move which made the transition easier. However, towards the end of my four years in Perth, I began to get itchy feet about moving back to the regions where there was less traffic.
Tell us a bit about your experience at Curtin University.
Studying at Curtin was really enjoyable. My cohort was relatively small, and we became a close-knit group of friends who socialised a lot together. I have made some close friends, and we can still catch up throughout the year at industry events.
The degree itself was good. It covered a range of business and science units which was great as it allowed you to find an area you were interested in. The degree also required you to complete blocks of work experience to graduate, which I found was the most critical factor. Work experience allowed me to find out what I did and did not want to pursue as a career. Work experience also helped me to land the role I have today with the ConsultAg team in Kulin as it was part of my work experience placement in my first year. This experience was critical to my decision to pursue a career in agronomy. Another highlight from my work experience was working on a cattle station near Derby, which was different from anything I had experienced and a fantastic opportunity.
Tell us a bit about ConsultAg
ConsultAg provides a range of independent services to farm businesses in WA, including budgeting and planning as well as agronomy advice. We aim to assist our clients with achieving their business goals and work closely with them to overcome any constraints that might be in the way of achieving their goals.
I am a part of the agronomy team in Narrogin where we provide services to growers and run a variety of trials that can range from agriculture chemical trials to nutrition and crop variety trials.
Would you change any part of your experience in the agriculture sector?
Not particularly. I do wish I made the most from more opportunities at university, though! The industry is very welcoming to students and is very keen to educate the next generation coming through, so I wish I made the most of that and completed more work experience, particularly in areas outside of the Wheatbelt and WA.
What do you wish to achieve through your work in Agriculture?
On the agronomy side, I hope to help growers achieve their goals, pursue new opportunities within their enterprises, and offer advice that can help improve the productivity and sustainability of their business.
I am also passionate about small communities and getting involved in agriculture if they are interested. Through my work in agriculture, I hope that I can encourage people to come out to rural communities to pursue a career and take an interest in the agricultural industry, including those from traditional farming backgrounds.
What advice would you give to the next generation of rural, regional, and remote women who want to get into Agriculture?
My advice would be to take every opportunity that comes to you as they all add valuable experiences that can lead you to a career and life that you are passionate about.