Five minutes with Hannah McArdle | People of Syngenta
People are a pivotal piece in how Syngenta develops crop solutions and puts that technology into the hands of those who need it. Hannah McArdle is one of Syngenta’s newest team members, a Territory Sales Manager based in her home state of South Australia, servicing a diverse range of crops from broadacre to grapes.
Hannah, how did you come to join Syngenta?
I grew up on a small sheep farm in Naracoorte and spent the balance of my teenage years spent in the Adelaide Plains. It’s not hard to imagine where my interest in the farm life and agriculture stemmed from!
I completed a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Sciences in 2015, wanting to establish a long term career in the industry.
I had the pleasure of joining Syngenta earlier this year, and despite the challenging nature of the role, the associated steep learning curve has been invaluable.
What did you do between university and Syngenta?
My most recent role was with the industry body, AUSVEG. This entailed almost three years of close collaboration with predominantly vegetable growers to communicate the latest research and development innovations while advocating that growers should embrace the latest industry techniques to maximise their crop potential. The role included site visits, convening workshops, developing regular newsletter articles and fact sheets.
Helping improve farming practices is what really drove me to join Syngenta. That and to further develop my knowledge of pertinent chemical products while gaining valuable sales experience.
My other experiences in the industry have included:
Working with SARDI in Oat Breeding;
Field Assistant at AgXtra; and
Quality Inspector of fresh produce at Coles.
What else do you get up to?
Agriculture is a huge part of who I am. I’m currently a committee member of the Thriving Women 2020 conference. I’m always looking to learn from and support other women in agriculture.
Hannah, thanks for taking five minutes to share your journey.
My pleasure, I’m always up for a chat.