THE contribution of Cassandra Schefe to the Australian grains industry has been officially recognised by way of the Grains Research and Development Corporation’s (GRDC) 2019 Southern Region Recognising and Rewarding Excellence Award.
The award, voted upon by the GRDC Southern Region Panel, acknowledges Dr Schefe’s input and commitment to the grains industry.
In presenting the award at the GRDC Grains Research Update in Bendigo, GRDC Southern Region Panel chair John Bennett described Dr Schefe as “an asset to our industry” – not just in the region where she works as a research coordinator for Riverine Plains Inc and as an independent soil science consultant, but well beyond.
“Cassie is in an elite class,” Mr Bennett said.
“She is one of those researchers who has a rare ability to undertake cutting-edge scientific research and then extend the outcomes of that work to growers and others in an engaging and easy-to-understand fashion, that results in on-farm impact.”
Prior to commencing work with Riverine Plains, Dr Schefe’s career was with what is now known as Agriculture Victoria, where she was first employed as a DPI Cadet in 1996 while studying Agricultural Science. She then became a research scientist in soil chemistry, working on several GRDC investments.
After completing her PhD studies through a GRDC-funded scholarship, which included study at the University of Naples, Italy, Dr Schefe collaborated with technical experts to develop synchrotron techniques to better understand nutrient reactions in soil.