LORETTA Serafin is the research and development leader for northern dryland cropping systems for the NSW Department of Primary Industries as well as managing her family’s mixed farming enterprise near Tamworth.
Loretta is also the deputy chair of the Grains Research and Development Corporation's Northern Panel which represents grain growers to ensure effective investment of industry levies into R and D.
A crop agronomist in northern NSW for 15 years, Loretta is an active member of numerous industry bodies including board member of the Australian Sunflower Association delivering R and D outcomes to grain growers and advisors.
Loretta leads and conducts research across a range of winter and summer crops to improve the productivity and economic viability of grain growers.
Extending new research to the grains industry is an area Loretta has excelled in, organising and speaking at various field days, workshops, national conferences and as a key speaker in the nationally accredited Better Sunflowers course.
Loretta is the editor of publications including the NSW DPI Summer Crop Production Guide and the Northern Grains Region Trial Results book. These publications deliver the latest developments in summer crop varieties and management practices.
Loretta’s recognition for her work in the grains industry has included the 2012 Australian Agronomy Society’s Young Agronomist of the Year and 2010 Australian Sunflower Association Contribution to Industry Award.
In 2006 Loretta was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study alternative summer oilseeds for profitable, sustainable crop rotations in north eastern Australia. Loretta has also been active in encouraging and mentoring new people into the grains industry from school and university students to young agronomists, giving them a broad exposure to a career in agronomy.