Bill Booth founded Booth Associates in Hay in 1981 providing agricultural management and consulting services.
Over time these services were expanded as client needs arose to include expert witness and environmental services. In 2002 Booth Associates relocated to Griffith. Michael Ryan joined the company in 2004.
In 2007 Michael became Managing Director and Principal Consultant of Booth Associates. In 2016 the office was relocated across Yambil Street to our new premises at Level 1, 84 Yambil Street (corner of Kooyoo Street).
In 2018, the company was renamed Riverina Agriconsultants following Bill’s retirement. Bill continues to assist on a range of projects.
Michael’s professional career began as a trainee agronomist in 1991 at Hay. From 1992 to 2004 Michael worked in the cotton industry based in the Macquarie Valley as a Corporate Agronomist and was an active member of the Cotton Consultants’ Association as it was known then, serving on the Executive for six years.
Michael’s clients range from family operations, with balance sheets of typically $5M to $20M through to large corporate operations producing a diverse range of enterprises including cotton, rice, wine grapes, citrus, tree nuts, vegetables, seed crops, cereals, pulses and oilseeds. Our livestock clients are predominantly sheep and cattle producers.
Compliance services includes government approval processes such as consent for native vegetation removal, cultural heritage management, irrigation infrastructure approvals and development application processes for proposals including new irrigation developments, water storage construction and river pump installation.
Riverina Agriconsultants has a network of specialist associates including ecologists, town planners and archaeologists who provide project specific expertise to support approval processes.
Michael routinely carries out expert witness work focussed on agricultural loss assessment and rural land use, including the preparation of expert witness reports, quantum of economic loss assessments, and providing evidence in court.
Riverina Agriconsultants are also key advisors to local government.
Services include preparation of rural land studies and rural land strategies to inform local planning controls.
Since 2010 Michael has prepared rural land studies or strategies for the Camden, Wellington, Lockhart, Weddin, Narrandera, Hay and Conargo Councils.
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