Growing up on a South Westland farm, Ian was drawn to agriculture from an early age. After completing the Diploma of Agriculture at Lincoln in 1980, Ian worked in Western Australia, Europe, Africa and the UK where he gained the Batchelors Degree of Crop Technology and Resource Management from the Royal Agricultural College. In 1995, he moved back to NZ.
Since then, Ian has worked in agronomy and been responsible for the production and management of a wide range of vegetable seed crops, as well as fresh and processed vegetables. In recent years, his work has extended to agronomy in the production of grazed pasture and winter forage, which has led him to embrace a focus on crop nutrition and Nutrient Use Efficiency.
With 20+ years’ experience working in Canterbury and beyond, Ian brings his acute understanding of the sustainability issues facing NZ’s agricultural industry to Viable Agriculture.
Motivated by the constant challenge of maintaining economic and environmental sustainability in primary production, Ian takes care of sales, logistics and distribution, while also providing the relevant technical support to growers and merchants, including soil testing, tissue analysis and fertiliser recommendations.