Meet the team: Domenic Bertazzo

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BCG is pleased to welcome Domenic Bertazzo to the team as a Research Agronomist. 

What is your background? 

I joined BCG as a graduate after completing a Bachelor of Agricultural Science at Charles Sturt University. I grew up in Albury-Wodonga but moved to Wagga Wagga to study at Uni, where I was lucky enough to undertake a year-long placement working alongside a private agronomist and building boom-sprays in my final year.

My passion for agriculture developed from time spent on my grandparent’s dairy farm in Mitta Mitta. But I particularly love the cropping industry after living and working on my in-laws mixed-enterprise farm during university holidays and throughout COVID.

What is your role at BCG and what will you be doing? 

I will join the team as a Research Agronomist. In that role, I will be supporting the team with delivering trials. The specific projects that I will be involved in are the Mallee National Variety Trials, Barley Agronomy, Long Coleoptile, Deep Sowing, and Frost Tolerance. I will also spend time doing general operations and assisting in additional trials.

What about the role interested you in applying? 

My experiences through working alongside a private agronomist highlighted that there’s an influx of information out there that sometimes isn’t heavily science-based, which can be overwhelming for growers. This is why I was attracted to the role at BCG. The organisation produces credible and proven research for growers to improve their production and overcome hurdles, and enables me to be on the forefront of this applied research.

The idea of working at BCG was also exciting due to the highly supportive team environment and the opportunity to live in the friendly rural community of Birchip. I will admit, Tchum Lake was also a big drawcard for me as I am someone who has always lived near (and loved) the water.

What are your interests outside work? 

I enjoy all things keeping active, especially water polo, soccer, horse-riding, triathlons, and even completed my first half-ironman in 2022. I’m learning to umpire netball this year, playing what will be my first season of footy with the Birchip-Watchem Bulls, and am a huge Super Netball and Aussie Diamonds fan (particularly of Gretel Bueta). I also love spending time with my adopted odd-ball of a dog Rusty, and his brother Digger.

What are you looking forward to whilst working at BCG? 

I look forward to supporting the amazing team at BCG and developing my knowledge and research skills to be able to perform high-quality research that will benefit growers throughout the region.

The diversity within my role is not something that I have encountered elsewhere and is very reflective of the high level of professional development that takes place at BCG. I find it engaging to be practically involved out in the field, in the lab and at events, whilst also being able to develop and challenge my critical thinking skills through data analysis and reporting.

I am particularly excited about my role as Trial Manager for the Mallee National Variety Trials as I think it’s a beneficial tool for farmers to easily improve their production, as they can see what’s applicable to their region and make a decision based off of that.

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