Global Agriculture

Five minutes with Amy Canty

Amy Canty, an agronomist based in Cowra, says she ‘wouldn’t be where she is now’ without the Elders Graduate Agronomy Program. 

07 September 2023, AU: Amy Canty has spent her whole life surrounded by agriculture. Growing up on a property outside of Goulburn, she was keen to branch out into bigger things, and chose to study agriculture at university.

After she graduated with a Bachelor of Agricultural Science, Amy signed up for Elders’ Graduate Agronomy Program, a move which she credits as incredibly rewarding, kicking off her career in her dream sector.

“I really enjoyed coming into Elders through the Graduate Program, they really let you decide what direction you want to take,” she said.

“You’re given options all the way through, even down to location. You can have a go at everything you want to do, and find what you’re interested in. The beauty of it is, you can then stay in that at the end of the program. I don’t think you get that freedom through many other pathways.

“I don’t think I would be where I am now if I hadn’t come through that way.”

Now, Amy is a fully-fledged agronomist based in Cowra, working with her own broadacre clients to achieve their goals. She assists by scouting for insects, checking weeds, developing spray programs, and more, applying her education (with a healthy dose of enthusiasm) to solving complex problems for growers in her region.

“There is a lot of variety in my work,” she said.

“One day I might be in the office, helping out there, or another I’m out in the paddock, with Rylie, or on my own, doing paddock checks.

“It’s a really exciting time, I’m starting to open up to having my own new clients, now that I’m on the other side of the Graduate Program.

“I’m starting to come into my own.”

Amy’s excitement is understandably palpable; she is at the beginning of her career in a company and industry that is growing every day.

“When I first got started, someone told me that Elders doesn’t sell products, we sell solutions, and I have found that to be completely true,” Amy said.

“Growers know we aren’t just going to shove products down their throat.

“We work together, to find solutions, and that creates a really great bond in the community.”

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