Darren is based in Perth and brings more than 20 years’ experience in the Australian grains industry and has a passion to see agriculture become a significant industry in Australia. Growing up on family farm near Geraldton, WA, Darren completed a Bachelor of Agribusiness (Farm Management) and a PhD in Crop Agronomy from Curtin University. Darren has worked for a number of companies from start-ups to large, national RD&E bodies including as a General Manager at the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC); the nation's largest funder of grains RD&E. During this time, Darren was able to refine his skills in strategy and technical knowledge in agronomy, farming systems, soils and nutrition and leadership. Darren has previously been a GRDC Western Panel Member and is currently a Board Member of Morawa Agricultural College, Western Australia.
Wayne Pluske Co-founder and Director
Independent nutrition consultant with 25 years’ experience in WA agriculture. Wayne has a track record of delivering innovative solutions to improve fertiliser efficacy including the most widely used decision tools across Australia. He believes use of location information will dramatically change how land is farmed and how fertilisers in particular are used. Wayne's knowledge of crop nutrition, extensive network of farmers and understanding of fertiliser responsiveness will ensure success of Laconik.