Richard began working with Rural Directions in June 2016. He holds a Bachelor degree in Agricultural Science and a Diploma in Education. Richard began his agricultural career driving tractors at Minnipa on Eyre Peninsula before beginning a pasture research project 1988 with the Department of Agriculture at the Minnipa Research Centre. In 1993, he moved to Loxton to manage the CVT and later NVT trials program across the Murray Mallee. In 2008 he joined Rural Solutions to manage projects delivering extension to groups across the Mallee. A highlight during this time was working on a Precision Ag project using EM 38 and Your Soils Potential modelling. He has worked with groups such as Mallee Sustainable Agriculture, University of Adelaide, SPAA and CSIRO researchers. From 2012 until joining Rural Directions, Richard was a consultant agronomist with Dodgshun Medlin.
Richard currently works with dryland farming businesses and clients as a one on one consultant across the Riverland and Mallee of South Australia. He works mainly with family farms to develop and monitor agronomic plans and assess the feasibility of future enterprises. He is also a regular contributor to Rural Directions agronomic newsletter, InCrop.
Richard knows, understands and empathises with regional and farming issues in the Mallee and is keen to see Mallee farms prosper and become more sustainable.