SHARON O’Keeffe is the northern regional manager for the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) with a territory stretching from Dubbo, NSW, to Central Queensland.
She previously worked for Landmark, managing its agronomic and farm services for northern NSW and Queensland, and as a field agronomist in various locations across the north.
As an agronomist working in the northern grains region she understands that helping growers make profitable crop management decisions requires good strategic research and extension.
Based in Boggabri, NSW, Sharon's role is to identify and oversee regional research, development and extension needs, manage the regional delivery of information and promote the GRDC’s products and services.
Her role strengthens links between GRDC panels, researchers, industry, advisors and growers.
In the wider grains industry, Sharon is passionate about the need to attract the best and brightest into agriculture, particularly in research and agronomy. Coming from a family involved in farming and agronomy for six generations, she feels that it is everyone in the industry's role to take the time to promote agriculture to the next generation.
Sharon holds a Masters in Agriculture and a Bachelor of Rural Science (hons).