Agronomists

Our team of highly qualified agronomists and agricultural scientists are committed to continual development of new products which are in-line with the company philosophy. Our collaboration with Monash University and other research institutions 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 areas of Agribusiness that include Agri-finance, manufacturing, distribution, sales and marketing. James was awarded a Bachelor of Environmental, Management and a Master of Agricultural Economics.

He has a passion for the agriculture industry and the science of agriculture, particularly soil sustainability and crop nutrition. He subscribes to the philosophy that agriculture is one of the fundamental building blocks by which we feed the world. James enjoys the challenge of determining new knowledge and interventions that contribute to improving agriculture. 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

Jan De Jager

Managing Director
Omnia International Australia

E: jan.dejager@omnia.net.au

M: 0429 898 131

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.

Central NSW, Riverina & Tasmania

Johan Prinsloo

Specialist Agronomist

E: johan.prinsloo@omnia.net.au

M: 0488 911 981

Based in the Hunter Johan services NSW, Mia (up to Moree) and Tasmania. Johan worked for Omnia in South Africa for some nine years, before immigrating to Australia to join the Omnia Australia team. Johan has many years’ experience working with balanced fertiliser programs and is passionate about Boron and Molybdenum. Johan enjoys the challenge of improving farming operations, yields and quality.

Western & North Queensland

David Sides

Specialist 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 the North of Queensland from Mackay, as well as South of Toowoomba, and the South West 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.

Central & Southern Queensland

Brendan Lauman

Regional Manager QLD & NSW

E: brendan.lauman@omnia.net.au

M: 0438 776 480

Based in Bundaberg, Brendan services Central and Southern Queensland. 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 both in mineral and organic situations. With over 12 years in Omnia Australia Brendan has an immense knowledge base of our product features, capabilities and applications across a huge range of crops.

Riverland and Mallee SA, Robinvale/Swan Hill Victoria

Andrew Doecke

Specialist Agronomist Project Manager

E: andrew.doecke@omnia.net.au

M: 0427 399 708

With a passion for improving crop production, Andrew Doecke provides comprehensive nutrition solutions to growers. Based on the Murray River in Loxton, SA, he has over 20 years of experience working with biostimulants. Focussing on almonds, potatoes and grapes, Andrew likes to incorporate the latest in diagnostic technologies into his grower solutions.

Riverland SA, Mildura

Kieran Christian

Specialist Agronomist

E: kieran.christian@omnia.net.au

M: 0429 897 074

Based in Mildura, Kieran services the Renmark and Mildura regions as well as Clare Valley, Pinaroo and Sealake. Prior to working with Omnia, Kieran spent 12 years with Landmark and 4 years with Fruit Doctors. He has experience in a diverse range of crops including broadacre, horticulture and irrigation.

Kieran’s has the passion for making soil and plant nutrition work better for the farm. He enjoys the challenge of getting the best from any situation and improving farming operations.

SA, South-East Adelaide, Yorke/Eyre Peninsula, Northern Territory

Ryan Sheridan

Specialist Agronomist

E: ryan.sheridan@omnia.net.au

M: 0400 398 504

Born and bred in South Australia Ryan has an in depth knowledge of a variety of South Australian crops and conditions. Ryan has 11 years’ experience working in agriculture. Having completed Horticulture and Diploma in Agriculture and a Bachelor of Management, Ryan has also completed his Ag Science degree at the University of New England. Ryan also services the Northern Territory and has a role in our international business exposing him to a variety of crop types and conditions. Personally his interests are spending time with his family, playing/ watching sport and playing music.

Melbourne, East & West Victoria

Darren Free

Regional Manager VIC & SA

E: darren.free@omnia.net.au

M: 0407 535 242

Darren has been involved in the horticultural industry for over 27 years. His career began in garden maintenance before moving on to become an interior plantscaper, installing and maintaining some of Melbournes’ landmark interior gardens. After running his own horticultural consulting business for a couple of years, he then joined a horticultural wholesaler selling into both the retail and commercial markets. In 2001 he was first introduced to and started selling biostimulants. Darren has spent a number of years traveling the world selling into the international biostimulant markets. Now at Omnia Specialities his industry experience is unquestioned and he comes with a wealth of knowledge of the application and use of seaweed, fish and humic products in horticulture, both in Australia and around the world.

International

South America & Southern Africa

Jan De Jager

Managing Director
Omnia International Australia

E: jan.dejager@omnia.net.au

M: +61 429 898 131

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 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 study 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.

Leading 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 the world (he speaks 5 languages), also leading Omnia’s international exports.

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 degree, gaining a wealth of experience working in multinational companies Zuellig, Connell Brothers and Syngenta. Jesse has an extensive background in both the industrial and agricultural crop protection sectors. Working in an international sales role for Omnia, Jesse always look forward to working with different customers in the Southeast Asia region, cooperating with local distributors and helping farmers to be as fruitful as possible in the ever changing and challenging field of agricultural production.

North America

Andrew Doecke

Specialist Agronomist Project Manager

E: andrew.doecke@omnia.net.au

M: +61 427 399 708

With a passion for improving crop production, Andrew Doecke provides comprehensive nutrition solutions to growers. Based on the Murray River in Loxton, SA, he has over 20 years of experience working with biostimulants. Focussing on almonds, potatoes and grapes, Andrew likes to incorporate the latest in diagnostic technologies into his grower solutions.