About Us

AgriHort Communications is a publications and communications specialist to the rural and community sector. Our experienced and committed team includes:

Katie Fisher, Publisher, Managing Editor and Project Manager

katieThe AgriHort Editorial Team is led by Company Principal, Managing Editor and Project Manager, Katie Fisher. Katie has an extensive background in PR, communications, social media, publishing, editing, writing and advertising sales for the agricultural and horticultural sectors, underwritten by a Bachelor of Agricultural Science from the University of Melbourne.

Her agriculture and horticulture industry experience includes:
• Managing Editor and Communications Consultant.
• Communications Manager for Turf Australia.
• Managing Editor Australian Citrus News, Turf Australia, Victorian Vegetable Growers, Australian Flower Industry and Melon News.
• Researcher and writer – Rijk Zwaan Australia – 25 years.
• Communications Consultant for Peracto.
• Managing Editor of the Victorian Department of Primary Industries eNewsletters – Climate Ready and FSV Hort.
• Section Editor for both the livestock and horticultural divisions of The Weekly Times
– Australia’s leading agricultural newspaper.
• Editor of Beef Improvement News and Australian Meat Industry Bulletin.
• Public Relations Manager for the National Meat Association.
• Journalist for Southern Farmer and Victorian Viticulture News.
• Journalist for Meat and Livestock Australia’s Prograzier magazine and Feedback magazine.
• Sub-Editor for Horticulture Australia Limited’s Industry Reports.
• Advertising representative for Australian Alpine News.

Grant Nelson, Senior Graphic Designer

The AgriHort Communications graphic design team is lead by Grant Nelson, a Graphic Designer with over 20 years industry experience in creative print design, production, prepress and print management, both as a Senior Designer and Studio owner/Manager.

Grant has an extensive background in all aspects of print design, including production of magazines and newsletters, reports, logo and branding, campaign creative and advertising.

He has produced and/or managed projects for a wide range of clients including professional associations, local and state government departments, AFL clubs, service organisations, private companies and small businesses.

Importantly, Grant appreciates that every AgriHort Communications client operates in a unique management, budgetary and philosophical landscape, and takes a pro-active role in understanding and interpreting client requirements in that context, while working in close tandem with the AgriHort Communications Editorial Team.

Equally, he is adept at working creatively within the limitations of available resources and agreed timelines, while maintaining a cost-efficient focus on achieving reader-effective communications outcomes, and a quality design and print result.

With attention to detail, a can-do attitude and a willingness to offer solutions, Grant provides a professional, personable and value-added dimension for clients of AgriHort Communications.

Amanda McMahon, Advertising Account Manager

Amanda is pivotal to the smoooth running of AgriHort Communications’ accounts and administration.

She brings to the role a range of sales and administration skills that address the changing world of advertising accounts. Today, advertisers are eager to look beyond an advert to promote their business, so Amanda works alongside Katie to ascertain how our magazines can drive their bottom dollar. This may be through editorial case studies that explain how a business has partnered with growers to trial new products or equipment.

Amanda has had 15 years’ experience in both the advertising and sales world, and also has run her own successful business. Her passion today is to forge strong associations with new and existing clients.

Amanda seized the opportunity to work with the AgriHort team – a business focused on producing a consistent quality product at a very competitive price.

 

Liz Mecham, Contributing Journalist

Liz Mecham is a freelance journalist with more than 12 years of agricultural and rural writing behind her. She has worked extensively around the Murray and Riverina regions of New South Wales and northern Victorian areas.

She was a regional journalist for the agricultural publication The Land Newspaper for five years and had work appear in other rural publications The Weekly Times and the Stock and Land and the national horticultural magazine, Good Fruit and Vegetables.

She also has had work published in the RM Williams Outback Magazine and the New Zealand beef industry magazine, NZ Beef Review, and held the position of Senior Journalist and Editor at the regional newspaper, The Guardian, in Swan Hill, Victoria.

Her experience also includes conducting a weekly rural news segment on regional radio at Albury-Wodonga.

Growing up on an irrigation farm in the NSW Murray Valley, she has an affinity with rural and agricultural people and places.

Her work experiences have included travel to write stories and photograph across the breadth of the broadacre and horticulture regions of NSW and Victoria and she has a vast knowledge of most agricultural industries, from beef and sheep and wool production, to rice, cotton, citrus, and vegetable growing, along with a strong understanding of irrigation and water issues.

Youna Angevin-Castro, Contributing Journalist

younaFor over 14 years, Youna has worked as a professional writer and communicator, specialising in writing about research and development in the rural sector. Her writing has been published across a number of industry-based rural publications, and she is a regular contributor to several key national horticulture industry magazines.

As well as being an accomplished writer, Youna is also an experienced magazine editor. She was the founding editor of Vegetables Australia, the flagship publication of the Australian vegetable industry, and is the current editor of the Australian Nutgrower Journal.

With a personal passion for food production, Youna is currently developing on an online project that aims to promote Australian food producers and encourage consumers to support their local industries.

Kerrie Lush, Contributing Journalist

Kerrie LushKerrie Lush began her print career back in 2000 with South Australian agricultural publication Stock Journal, she spent two years in Adelaide before been posted to the Eyre Peninsula as a regional reporter. When the opportunity arose to move into radio with the ABC’s Rural Department she jumped at the chance and packed her bags and headed to Victoria to work as the Mildura / Swan Hill rural reporter. That was until she met a local grazier from across the border and was able to transfer to South Australia to become the Riverland and Mallee ABC rural reporter. She later married that grazier and in September 2007 moved out to the property and subsequently had two little girls. Now she juggles motherhood with freelance writing including being a major contributor to AgriHort Communications.