JODIE Dean is passionate about the agricultural industry and has worked in a number of high level roles across the sector in NSW.
Jodie is operations manager at Grain Trade Australia (GTA), a not-for-profit organisation that acts to ensure there is an efficient, equitable and open grain trade environment.
Jodie reports to the CEO and oversees all operational activities of GTA including committee support, delivery and growth of their communications strategy to support industry members and representation on a number of industry working groups including grain protection and national research, development and extension initiatives.
Jodie was previously senior manager of agricultural development at the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS).
In the three years she held the role Jodie used her passion for agricultural education to develop significant programs for urban and rural students and led youth programs across the RAS.
Across all agricultural areas Jodie took a lead in the development and management of effective industry partnerships and advocacy on a range of programs.
Jodie’s background is in community driven on-farm production.
Prior to her move to Sydney, she was based in Condobolin, working as regional co-ordinator for the Grain & Graze program, extension officer for Central West Farming Systems (CWFS) and CEO for CWFS, a grower driven organisation delivering regionally targeted research, development and extension programs to grain and mixed farming businesses.
Jodie previously sat on the Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC) Regional Advisory Committee and National Grain & Graze Working Group. She currently sits on the Australian Bureau of Meteorology NSW Agricultural Consultative Committee, the National Taskforce for Agricultural Education and Training (coordinated by National Farmers Federation) and until recently was appointed by the NSW Minister for Agricultural as a Trustee for the Camden, Belgenny Farm site.
Jodie hopes through her role and representative opportunities to deliver outcomes that will build broad community support for agriculture, back our primary producers and reinvigorate our rural communities.