Casey is coming home – and she has Moree Secondary College to thank for her return to the black-soil plains
One of Australia’s brightest young stars of agriculture, Casey Onus, has recently returned home to Moree to pursue her career, and as a past Moree Secondary College student, believes her local education has provided the perfect grounding for her career success.
Georgina Poole reports:
CASEY Onus always suspected her destiny did not include sitting in an office behind a desk.
And today, nationally recognised as one of Australia’s top 10 agronomists under the age of 30, it’s the genuine and personal approach to education she received at the Moree Secondary College that Casey credits for shaping her career success.
“I am forever grateful for my years at the Moree Secondary College; I had an excellent experience and we were presented with so many opportunities, whether our interests lay in sport, academics or just getting more involved in the community,” Casey said.
A self-described ‘sporty kid’, it’s no surprise Casey’s favourite subject was PE, and that she still holds a soft spot for PE teacher, Ms Harvey.
“I loved every second I spent outside the classroom, and Ms Harvey harnessed that energy so positively,” Casey said.
“Likewise, inside the classroom the teaching staff offered such genuine support, overcoming any challenges, and ensured we got the most out of our final schooling years.”
After graduating in 2010, Casey completed a Bachelor of Agriculture at UNE, and is this month due to complete her Master of Business Administration, studied externally through UNE.
University afforded Casey a world of opportunities, including travelling to the United States and Canada in 2017 as part of UNE’s student team in the International Food and Agribusiness Management Association’s student case study competition.
Her team placed an outstanding second in the world.
She also enjoyed success in her chosen career as an agronomist and, at the age of 23, was named one of the top 10 young agronomists under 30 in Australia in Adama’s Young Agro Award.
Casey is still the youngest ever finalist in these awards.
Moree’s big sky country and open plains are now her office, and her dream of working outdoors is being fulfilled.
Having recently taken a position as an agronomist at Landmark, Moree, Casey admits a sense of coming ‘full circle’.
“I always had a passion for agriculture, and thanks to my education in Moree – one of the most productive agricultural regions of Australia – I gained a greater appreciation and unique insight into the industry, first-hand knowledge that I was able to call upon during my degree,” she said.
Having lived in Tamworth for the past four years, Casey is excited to be back in Moree, and the various social and professional opportunities it offers.
“I’m looking forward to becoming part of this wonderful community again, there’s a real sense of positivity and so many young professionals out here embarking on careers, and excited for the future,” Casey said.
“I’m also looking forward to helping clients’ improve their farm management practices, and continue to learn and grow as an agronomist, because at the end of the day when it comes to agriculture, Moree really is the epicentre.”
Words and Image: Georgina Poole