Currently working as a research scientist for Agriculture Victoria within the Department of Economic Development Jobs, Transport and Resources, Jo Newton is positioning herself at the interface of research, application and extension in the field of livestock genetics. “We have world-class research facilities and minds in Australia but haven’t always done a very good job of translating research into action. I am determined to change this and ensure research outcomes aren’t confined to scientific journals. I believe the best way to achieve this is through communication between scientists, academics and the rest of the agricultural sector.”
Jo credits her early mentors for helping shape her professional development and career aspirations. She believes the best way you can show gratitude to your mentors is to pay it forward and is a firm believer in the importance of telling agriculture's stories and supporting young people in agriculture.
“Access to mentors, resources and professional development opportunities is important to help young people realise their full potential. In 25-30 years’ time it will be young people making the decisions which shape the future of agriculture (and Australia). Now is the time to be investing in them so they have the capabilities to do so successfully.”
To learn more about Jo, connect with her on LinkedIn.