Neil Lyon brings to Grain Central a long track record of experience in agriculture and agricultural media.
Born and raised on a beef cattle property near East Gresford in the lower Hunter Valley of NSW, he graduated from the Tocal Agricultural College at Paterson in 1974.
Shortly afterwards, he returned to work at the college as an instructor and practical skills trainer for the next 11 years.
In 1988 Neil then moved on to a career in agricultural journalism that included 27 years with the Rural Press/Fairfax group of agricultural publications where he held a range of positions from country rep to national writer and editor.
His work in rural journalism has taken him not only around Australia but around the world. Overseas assignments have included visits to the international wheat breeding centres at ICARDA in Syria and CIMMYT in Mexico, and the SIMA international machinery exhibition in France.
In 2006 Neil won the Australian Star Prize for agricultural writing which took him to the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists’ conference in Norway.
Having written thousands of specialist agricultural articles, Neil has a well-honed capacity to communicate with industry leaders, researchers and farmers and a particular talent for condensing often complex agricultural topics into practical stories and reports to suit a wide farming audience.