ANN Starasts is a digital futures researcher at the University of Southern Queensland exploring learning and networks for innovation for Australian agricultural businesses and communities.
She has almost 30 years as an agronomist, educator and communications specialist running farmer and industry training and information programs to the grains and beef sectors in northern Australia.
She has a PhD in Agribusiness.
As a former manager of grains, cotton and broadacre communications with the Queensland Government, she developed communication plans for around 100 crop science projects, managed media and crop and pasture websites and national portals.
As a consultant, she managed media and developed communications plans for Australian agricultural industry organisations.
Ann trained in soil science and worked for most of her career as extension agronomist for Queensland Government, developing training, information and extension programs to increase productivity, profitability and sustainability.
Projects she developed won awards including commendation in the Prime Ministers’ Public Sector Innovation Awards, and the National BHP Landcare Award.
Her work developing training for farmer and rural women’s groups led to her being named Brisbane Business and Professional Woman of the Year.
She has had two appointments to the previous Queensland Agricultural Chemical Distribution Control Board and was on the Southern Queensland Institute of TAFE Board.