Liz Lobsey has taken a circuitous route to her role as an independent cotton agronomist at Dalby on the Darling Downs of Southern Queensland, Australia – particularly as she once thought of agriculture as dirty and boring and her first career was as an accountant. How things have changed!
Liz did actually begin an agronomy and agribusiness degree but, for drought related reasons, changed this to accountancy and for three years sat at an office desk before she realised a spark for agriculture lit at high school had not extinguished. So it was back to university to complete her agronomy studies.
She now knows that agriculture is dirty, and at times muddy, but defiantly not boring. Liz now sees agriculture as being about people and innovation, about passion and commitment. She values sharing a beer with a client on his veranda at the end of a day, watching storm clouds roll in over black soil plains, laughing with a grower who pulls her out of a bog and creating relationships with clients who in turn become surrogate families.
In her role as a cotton agronomist Liz learns from her clients every day and is part of one of the most sustainable and productive industries in the world. She assists growers make decisions about how to nurture their crops and produce the best yields while keeping production costs low, keeping the level of chemicals used to a minimum and being friendly to the environment. And she does find her accounting background comes in handy as she can
also perform business analyses for her clients.
You can find Liz as a board member and Young Professionals director for Crop Consultants Australia or as chair of the Darling Downs Cotton Growers Inc Grower of the Year Field Day. She is a 2017 finalist in the ADAMA Chris Lehman Cotton Young Achiever Award.
Another of her passions is showing the world there is more to agriculture than meets the eye and as part of this Liz goes into schools as a Young Farming Champion, where she gives
students an insight into her career as an agronomist. She also enjoys interacting with the public through her joint Facebook page: Agros – Tales from the Field. Here interested people can follow not only the life cycle of cotton but of other crops grown on the Darling Downs, and together with another two agronomists Liz adds comments and photos offering insights
into planting, pest and weed control, weather conditions, harvest and yields.
“I do what I do because I can't imagine doing anything else. I love the challenge and working with growers who strive for nothing but perfection.”
Your efforts to provide insights and understanding to those who aren't aware of the full potential of the agricultural industry is an idea we support! We love the idea of everyone, whether they are in the industry or not to know the amount of skill, hard work and passion that goes in to providing the key products most people survive off. Great work Liz.