MEET THE TEAM

With their agricultural backgrounds and specialised research skills, Ag Econ’s partners Jon & Janine are accomplished at tailoring messages to any audience. Supported by a team of specialists, outputs are of the highest quality.

 
 
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Jon Welsh | Partner

With a reputation as the ‘weather man’ Jon’s fortnightly e-news the Moisture Manager now reaches much further than the target audience of the cotton industry. Jon’s specialised skills include evaluating investment risk and farm technologies as well as analysing and communicating the cyclical nature of key climate influences. Jon has 20 years livestock and grain production experience and is an alumnus of the Rabobank Executive Development Program. As a project lead of the Cotton RDCs extension partnership with the Department of Agriculture from 2013-2017, Jon successfully delivered over 150 engagement activities, 50 publications including peer reviewed journal papers and book chapters. Jon is recognised in the 2018 Deans Honours list for excellence in the Faculty of Veterinary and Animal Sciences at the University of Melbourne following recently completed post-grad studies. He enjoys playing tennis, coaching his two boys junior rugby on weekends and is easily distracted by cattle when time permits.

 
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Janine Powell | Partner

With her family Janine runs a mixed cropping farming business which includes broad acre irrigated, dryland and livestock enterprises.  A 4th generation farmer, she grew up on a mixed farming enterprise near Wee Waa, NSW and worked for the cotton merchant Namoi Cotton for 5 years buying cotton. As a research economist with NSW DPI (2008-2016), Janine’s developed high level skills as an agricultural economist and gained experience in multi-disciplined projects including CRC’s and ACIAR. Specialising in investment and impact analyses, feasibility of new technologies and whole farm modeling, Janine’s recent focus has been on incorporating renewable energy technologies into irrigation and broad acre farming to improve productivity and sustainability. Janine is currently furthering her economic skills with post-grad studies at the University of Western Australia. She enjoys the wide-open spaces of living in ‘The West’, but also planning the next holiday adventure with her husband and young family.

 

Jeevi Arjunan | Assistant project manager

An experienced analyst, with a Masters in Commerce, Jeevi also has a number of accounting and book keeping qualifications. Her varied professional rolls have included: lecturing at Central Queensland University, policy preparation and administration for CRDC, produce manager for an organic vegetable farm in Victoria and earlier in her career, farming in India.

 

 

Alexandra Wilson | Communications manager and policy analyst

A number of rural and regional communications roles have developed Alex’s exceptional ability to present research and policy in a way that all readers find interesting. Underpinned by a BACommunications(Journalism), her skills in developing messages for both government and rural stakeholders were refined working in both politics and health. Alex and her family live near Wee Waa, NSW where they run a mixed farming enterprise.