Zita Ritchie

Zita Ritchie

Extension Officer – Dairy Branch

Completed the postgraduate certificate in 2010

"When I heard that DPI had partnered with the University of Melbourne to deliver a course in climate change, specifically tailored for primary industries I leapt at the opportunity to enrol.

"As an extension officer specialising in communicating climate change information, this course offered a unique way to fast track my technical knowledge. I now have a thorough understanding of the climate change impacts relating to dairy systems, what mitigation options are available to reduce emissions, as well as knowledge of the adaptation strategies required into the future.

"This course has helped me to deliver technically relevant and sound information to farmers and service providers about seasonal risk, emissions, policy and climate change adaptation.

"Communication of climate change – including both the science and the broader context of how governments and international markets are taking action – is vital to keep the dairy industry informed and ready to respond."