The $1.5 million Premier’s Agriculture and Food Fellowship Program is the centrepiece of the Science and Agribusiness Connect (SAC) initiative.
Professor Simon Cook was announced as the Premier’s Agriculture and Food Fellow at the 2016 Premier’s Science Awards. Professor Cook is an expert in agricultural systems and natural resource management. In partnership with Curtin and Murdoch universities he is building and leading a research team in Western Australia to develop the State’s capabilities in big data and agriculture and establish the Centre for Digital Agriculture.
The Premier’s inaugural Early-Mid Career Fellow under the SAC Program was awarded to Dr Fiona Evans in May 2017 and she is working with the Premier’s Fellow to undertake applied agrifood research, specifically focusing on transforming broadacre farming in Western Australia by combining big data, agronomic and economic models.