UNIVERSITY of WA (UWA) graduate Benita Moir has received the Young Professionals in Agriculture Forum's top honour for 2015.
Ms Moir, Narrikup, was among seven outstanding young professionals to deliver the findings of their tertiary research studies across a range of issues affecting agriculture and natural resource management.
The annual forum recognises the work of students who have completed an undergraduate degree at a WA university.
Finalists are required to submit a research paper and deliver a presentation.
Ms Moir's study focused on the use of supplementary feed in a grazed wheat crop to increase the dispersion of sheep and utilisation of the crop.
UWA graduate Joshua Barton placed second for his work on the effect of genetic selection for lean meat yield breeding values.
Sheree Walters, Curtin University, was awarded third prize for her look at phosphorus application and long-term restoration of jarrah forests.
Murdoch University graduate Claire Payne was the judging panel's choice for best presentation, delivering a summary of her work on the affect of dietary urea on insulin and adrenaline regulation of glucose metabolism in sheep.
The event is hosted by the Ag Institute Australia (WA Division) and supported by the Department of Agriculture and Food (DAFWA).
DAFWA director general Rob Delane congratulated the participants and foreshadowed promising times ahead for young professionals in the agriculture and food sector.
"It is a very exciting time to be involved in agriculture with new career paths to be found in many different areas," Mr Delane said.
"Those entering the workforce need to be globally connected and local graduates are well equipped in this regard."
Ag Institute WA Division president Lyn Abbott commented on the high quality of the presentations delivered.
"Their command of the subject and understanding of the implications of their work was outstanding," she said.
Other finalists Jacinta Patterson, Mary-Anne Lowe and Kyle Mart also presented their work at the forum.