Agronomists

Our team of highly qualified agronomists and agricultural scientists are committed to providing advice to growers to improve soil and plant health outcomes. Based on customer feedback, we continually strive to improve or create new uses for existing products and develop new products that add value for our growers. Our collaboration with Monash University, other research institutions and grower/industry groups in Australia provides additional resources for product development and testing.

All employees are committed to the company’s core values of:

- Honesty and integrity in all our business dealings
- High quality service
- Innovative product development
- Open communication with all stakeholders
- Genuine concern for the environment

Australia   International

Australia

James Freemantle

Managing Director
Omnia Australia

E: james.freemantle@omnia.net.au

M: 0427 181 693

James joined Omnia in 2013 after working for 15 years in the corporate Agribusiness sector. He has over 20 years’ experience in Agribusiness including Agri-finance, manufacturing, distribution, sales and marketing. James holds a Bachelor of Environmental Management and a Master of Agricultural Economics.

He has a passion for agriculture and the science behind it, particularly soil sustainability and crop nutrition. He subscribes to the philosophy that improving soil health by implementing sustainable practices, is the key to feeding a growing world. He understands the importance and benefits of working in a team both locally and globally and strives to add value to all members of the agricultural value chain.

Western Australia - Southern

Jan De Jager

Managing Director
Omnia International Australia

E: jan.dejager@omnia.net.au

M: 0429 898 131

Based in Perth and covering WA from Perth south, Jan de Jager is one of Australia’s leading Agronomists, joining Omnia in 1992. Jan has a Master of Ag Science degree and was awarded a gold medal for best BSc Agriculture student by the South African Society of Plant Production. Jan also presented Agronomy classes at the University of Pretoria as a guest lecturer until immigrating to Australia in 1999.

Jan has over 30 years’ experience in plant nutrition, product development and consultancy, offering great advice on how to maximise your crop yields.

Northern WA & Northern Territory

Johan Prinsloo

Territory Manager / Agronomist

E: johan.prinsloo@omnia.net.au

M: 0488 911 981

Based in Perth Johan services WA from Perth north and the NT, Johan worked for Omnia in South Africa for some nine years, before immigrating to Australia to join the Omnia Australia team. Johan has a passion for soil health, developed over many years recommending balanced fertiliser programs and is our in-house expert on Boron and Molybdenum.

Johan enjoys the challenge of improving the sustainability of farming operations while improving yields and quality.

NSW

Robert Gill

TERRITORY MANAGER / AGRONOMIST

E: robert.gill@omnia.net.au

M: 0448 633 760

Rob Gill is based at Darlington Point, in NSW’s Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area, near Griffith.

He takes care of our NSW customers with a focus on Liverpool Plains to the Murray River, from the grain belt to the coastal fringe.

He has extensive in-field experience in horticulture, row crops such as cotton, maize and soybeans as well as broadacre cereals, rice, pulse crops, oilseeds and pasture forage. Rob’s agronomy is both practical and scientific, driven by grower objectives and a solid understanding of soil, water and plant interactions.

Rob has a strong passion for soil health, and a strong willingness to get out there and discuss strategies with growers, agronomists and consultants across NSW.

QLD - West & North Queensland

David Sides

Territory Manager / Agronomist

E: david.sides@omnia.net.au

M: 0448 911 978

David has been servicing the agricultural industry for 30 years. He has experience in horticultural tree, vegetable and vine crops, as well as irrigated and dryland cereal, legume and oilseed cropping. David is based in Brisbane and services Queensland, north of Mackay, Central Queensland as well as south of Toowoomba, and the southwest of the state.

David has a passion for soil biology and the practices that are associated with soil health. He is a tragic test cricket fan and is a massive Canterbury Bulldogs supporter.

QLD - Southern Queensland

Brendan Lauman

Territory Manager / Agronomist

E: brendan.lauman@omnia.net.au

M: 0438 776 480

Based in Bundaberg, Brendan services Queensland south of Rockhampton, Burnett, Lockyer Valley and Stanthorpe. Brendan has a degree in Agricultural Science and close to 30 years practical experience. He has dealt with a comprehensive range of crops, both horticultural and broadacre.

Brendan has a strong understanding and passion for soil health and experience in recommending practical and economical strategies for improvement. With over 16 years in Omnia Australia Brendan has an immense knowledge of how our product features, capabilities and applications can benefit growers across a huge range of crops.

SA - Riverland West

Andrew Doecke

Innovation & Development Manager

E: andrew.doecke@omnia.net.au

M: 0427 399 708

With a passion for improving crop production, Andrew Doecke manages our R&D program in Australia. Based on the Murray River in Loxton, SA, he has over 25 years of experience working with biostimulants.

In conjunction with our international R&D team, Andrew works to extend our knowledge of our existing product range, plus bring through the next generation of solutions to increase crop productivity.

SA - Clare, Barossa, Riverland, Sunraysia

Kieran Christian

Territory Manager / Agronomist

E: kieran.christian@omnia.net.au

M: 0429 897 074

Based on the Victorian and South Australian border, Kieran specialises in the horticultural areas of Clare, Barossa, Riverland, Mildura, Robinvale and Balranald. His broadacre area stretches down through the Mallee as far as Horsham. Originally from a broadacre background, his working career has seen him specialise in irrigated crops including grapes, fruit, vegetables and nuts.

Kieran came to Omnia from Fruit Doctors, with 12 years in Landmark Agronomy in various stores prior to that. It was his passion for making farmers' crops perform better by focusing on soil and plant health that attracted him to Omnia Specialities. He enjoys problem solving and the challenge of improving farming operations.

SA - SOUTH EAST, YP & EP

Lelanie Van der merwe

TERRITORY MANAGER / AGRONOMIST

E: lelanie.vandermerwe@omnia.net.au

M: 0498 001 487

Lelanie is a well-known identity in the soil and plant health segment and manages an important region of SA.

Lelanie has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Stellenbosch, also a famous wine region of South Africa. She is a qualified winemaker/viticulturist and has extensive wine grape expertise and broad experience in a range of horticultural crops.

She loves talking to customers about biostimulants, soil health and foliar fertilisers.

Victoria & Tasmania

Ian Perryman

Territory Manager / Agronomist

E: ian.perryman@omnia.net.au

M: 0499 018 485

Ian is an experienced sales and marketing specialist with over 20 years within the agricultural/ horticultural industry. Ian started his career in the turf industry before moving into horticulture (tree crops, vines and veg) and agriculture (row crops and broadacre).

Ian is in his element developing programs for growers based on his background with liquid nutrition and biologicals for both leaf and soil applications.

Biologicals are Ian’s true passion, and he firmly believes that soil health is all important, and the key to our global farming future.

International

North America, South America & Southern Africa

Jan De Jager

Managing Director
Omnia International Australia

E: jan.dejager@omnia.net.au

M: +61 429 898 131

Based in Perth and covering WA from Perth south, Jan de Jager is one of Australia’s leading Agronomists, joining Omnia in 1992. Jan has a Master of Ag Science degree and was awarded a gold medal for best BSc Agriculture student by the South African Society of Plant Production. Jan also presented Agronomy classes at the University of Pretoria as a guest lecturer until immigrating to Australia in 1999.

Jan has over 30 years’ experience in plant nutrition, product development and consultancy, offering great advice on how to maximise your crop yields.

Africa, Europe, Middle East

Dr. Teferi Belayneh

Commercial & Technical Development Manager

E: teferi.belayneh@omnia.net.au

M: +61 448 911 994

Beginning life in Ethiopia, and coming to Australia after graduate studies in Egypt and completing his doctorate in plant physiology at the University of Pretoria in South Africa, Teferi brings a wealth of knowledge of the inner workings of plants.

Being member of Omnia’s Research & Development programme, Teferi has a rare ability to make the complicated understandable, and excels in his ability to identify the critical factors in crop performance. Teferi spends much of his life travelling to his international clients, leading Omnia’s international exports in different continents.

Asia

Jesse Montaner

International Sales

E: jesse.montaner@omnia.net.au

M: +61 488 651 989

Originally from the Philippines, Jesse immigrated to Australia in 2013. Jesse has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Marketing Major) degree, gaining a wealth of skills and experiences in the field of sales, marketing and business development from his previous roles at multinational companies Zuellig, Connell Brothers and Syngenta.

An accomplished fertiliser and chemical sales professional, Jesse has an extensive background in handling major customers in the agriculture and manufacturing sectors and implementing strategic key accounts management across territories.

Working in an international sales role for Omnia, Jesse always looks forward to working with different customers in the Asian region, cooperating with local distributors and helping farmers to be as fruitful as possible in the ever-changing and challenging field of agricultural production.