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Our Agronomists


Alexander Mapleson

Having grown up involved in both dairy and beef operations Alexander understands the importance of healthy soils and healthy plants. Alexander graduated from La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Agricultural Science and came to join Brown’s in 2015. Alexander enjoys analysing soil fertility to help better utilise fertiliser application in meeting individual enterprises requirements. As a local to the Yannathan area, Alexander has knowledge of local soil type and climatic conditions that can help you improve your productivity.

Bachelor of Agricultural Science
Depot
Koo Wee Rup
Mob
0409 406 234
Email
amapleson@brownsfert.com.au

Jessica Ashburner

Jessica joined the Brown’s in early 2019 as a Graduate Agronomist. Jessica grew up on a Daffodil farm situated in the Dandenong Rangers and has completed a degree in Agriculture through the University of Melbourne. Prior to taking the position at Brown’s Jessica had worked with Timac Agro as an Assistant Agronomist, where she developed her passion for soil health and plant nutrition.

Bachelor of Agricultural
Depot
Koo Wee Rup
Phone
0408 082 036
Email
jashburner@brownsfert.com.au

Laura Bongers (nee Hammond)

Graduating from the University of Adelaide in 2012 with a Bachelor of Agricultural Science, Laura went on to complete her Teaching Diploma before making the move back to Victoria. Laura started working for Brown’s in 2014 as an Agronomist and has a passion for soil and microbial health, where she looks to make fertiliser applications work as efficient as possible while still improving overall pasture productivity. You will now find Laura sharing her time between agronomy and logistics administration at our Koo Wee Rup depot.

Bachelor of Agricultural Science
Depot
Koo Wee Rup
Mob
0418 783 099
Email
lbongers@brownsfert.com.au

Brett Tonkin

Brett joined the Brown’s team in Mid 2017 and is now servicing customers in both South and East Gippsland, spending time at both our Leongatha and Tinamba West depots. Growing up in Echuca Brett moved to Melbourne to study a Bachelor of Biomedial Science at La Trobe University. Following a five-year stint in research, Brett went on and completed a Postgraduate Diploma of Agricultural Science at La Trobe University. Prior to starting with Brown’s Brett worked as a Technical Sales Representative with Timac Agro, covering South and West Gippsland.

Bachelor of Medical Science (Hons)
Post Graduate Diploma in Agricultural Science
Depot
Maffra
Mob
0427 220 127
Email
btonkin@brownsfert.com.au

Vicki Nink

Vicki’s knowledge and passion of soil health and plant nutrition compliments the Brown’s product offering in Leongatha. Having grown up in the Yarra

Valley, Vicki settled into Gippsland in 2012 where she was instrumental in the development and success of the Brown Wigg store in Meeniyan. Vicki moved on to take the Agronomist position with Brown’s in 2018 where her experience, coupled with her Diploma of Agriculture in Agronomy Services sets her well to provide tailored solutions and advice.

Diploma of Agriculture in Agronomy Services
Depot
Leongatha
Mob
0400 879 818
Email
vnink@brownsfert.com.au

Katherine Bohn

Katherine joined the Brown’s team at the start of 2018 as a Graduate Agronomist. Katherine grew up on a dairy farm near Shepparton and has recently completed a degree in Agricultural Science and a Bachelor of Business majoring in Economics through La Trobe University. Katherine has also gained experience in the industry through casual work as a Technical Services Officer for IK Caldwell for two years before joining Brown’s Fertilisers.

Bachelor of Agricultural Science
Bachelor of Business
Depot
Leongatha
Mob
0447 873 888
Email
kbohn@brownsfert.com.au

Peter Howie

Having grown up on a sheep, beef and cropping property in Maindample, North East Victoria Peter has a firm understanding of the local region. Graduating from the University of Melbourne Peter went on to join FoxAg as an Agronomist whilst remaining involved in his family property. Peter now runs his own property beef and sheep property in Maindample along with his wife and two children. Peter holds a duel role at Brown’s as an Agronomist as well as managing the operations of the Brown’s Merton depot.

Bachelor of Agricultural Science
Depot
Merton
Mob
0409 383 529
Email
phowie@brownsfert.com.au