SARDI research scientist Dr Kenton Porker was awarded the 2019 Young Agronomist Award at the Australian Society of Agronomy Conference Dinner held earlier this year at Wagga Wagga, NSW.

“Dr Kenton Porker is an enthusiastic research scientist at SARDI, leading the Waite cereal agronomy group, which combines disciplines in plant physiology, genetics, breeding and farming systems research across southern Australia,”¬†conference president and Charles Sturt University agronomy lecturer Dr Jeff McCormick said on presenting the award.

“Kenton started his career at SARDI in 2010 as a durum and barley agronomist before returning to the University of Adelaide to embark on a PhD with GRDC investment in 2014.”

Dr Porker returned to SARDI in 2017 to lead the Waite cereal agronomy group.

Dr McCormick said he has a strong reputation in the grains industry and is currently a lead scientist and collaborator on a number of important national agronomy initiatives across southern Australia through his proactive work with colleagues at CSIRO, NSW Department of Primary Industries, La Trobe University and the University of Adelaide.

“Senior researchers in these institutions have noticed that SARDI’s cereal agronomy group has been taken to a new level in its physiology expertise and novel agronomic research focus with Kenton’s appointment.”

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