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Horticulture Specialist Hawkes Bay
Jonathan Ritchie
Jono Ritchie

Arable and Horticulture

Jonathan made the switch to the Horticulture team in July 2018, taking up the Horticulture & Arable Specialist Hawkes Bay role. Prior to this he had been the Nutrient Specialist for Waipukurau, originally joining Ballance in October 2016. 

After growing up on a sheep and beef farm in Central Hawkes Bay, he travelled to Australia, gaining work on cattle station in the Northern Territory. 

On his return to New Zealand, he spent time working on the family farm before completing a Diesel apprenticeship. Jonathan then spent several years tending the machinery needs of the Hawkes Bay and East Coast farmers. 

His desire to be involved in the agricultural sector saw a change from Diesel machines to working for a large-scale horticulture group in Hastings. When the chance to work in his home region arose, it was an opportunity he had to take. 

Outside of work, Jonathan enjoys spending time with his wife and two girls.

Horticulture and Arable Specialist BOP
Dusty Hulley
Dusty Hulley

Arable and Horticulture

Arnold Hulley better known as “Dusty” joined Ballance in March 2011 as a Nutrient Specialist for the Hauraki-Coromandel region. After three years’ service, he then moved to a role with Farm Source where he broadened his knowledge base in the farming industry. He returned to Ballance Agri-Nutrients in October 2015.

Dusty grew up in the farming sector and then went on to managing large-scale agriculture farms, growing numerous different crops as well as dry stock and wild game farming.

After moving to New Zealand with his family, they settled in the Hauraki Plains region. There he joined the Dairy sector and gained qualifications in the industry.

His strengths and knowledge come from a practical experience base, with his fields of expertise including dairy production, cropping, and pasture management, as well as a commitment to sustainable farming.

When not working, Dusty enjoys the outdoors, mountain biking, tramping, fishing and tennis as well as being involved with his kid’s sports and activities.

Horticulture and Arable Specialist Canterbury
Tim Brooker
Tim Brooker

Arable and Horticulture

Horticulture Specialist Pukekohe
Jai Prakash

Arable and Horticulture