About BioAg

BioAg, based in Narrandera NSW Australia, manufacture solid natural phosphate-based fertilisers, efficiency and yield enhancing liquid microbial fermented cultures, and effluent digesters which are supplied in tailored programs to suit individual farm or grower requirements.
The uniqueness of BioAg products is that they not only deliver traditional nutrient inputs (phosphorous, potassium, calcium, lime, gypsum etc) but at the same time deliver a range of vitamins, other nutrients, and ‘good bugs’ (bacteria, fungi etc) that are the same as those naturally occurring within healthy soils. The boost of good bugs to the soils means crops and pastures have increased access to nutrients and moisture within the soils as well as a range of other benefits such as increased tolerance to disease.

BioAg products are perfectly suited to traditional farming enterprises but also to those looking to increase the sustainability of their land.

The BioAg range includes approved inputs for organic farmers and growers.

BioAg is Australian owned and operated, and in 1999 as part of its commitment to rural communities chose to commence operation in the picturesque town of Narrandera which is home to both the BioAg head office as well as the liquid product manufacturing plant. The solid products are manufactured at our quarry facility based in Geelong, Victoria.

BioAg History

BioAg was formed in March 1999 by directors, Jeptha Gates and Anton Barton, the former a renowned American biological farming consultant, and the latter a long time advocate of biological farming practices and distributor of biological nutritional products in Australia. When they met, Jep Gates had spent 10 years developing and working with liquid organic composted cultures in the Mississippi Valley. Anton Barton identified the value of such technology, and the benefits of its application to Australian conditions. They formed BioAg to provide sound biological programs for soil and plants, and to manufacture the necessary nutrients not readily available through conventional supply chains. One of the key drivers behind the establishment of the business was the identification of a growing number of farmers looking to “do it better” by incorporating the principals of biological farming into their conventional farming operations, and needing the inputs to achieve their goals. A trial plant was established at Ballandry Station, near Yenda in the Riverina region of NSW. Biological nutrients were produced here as the client base grew. The customers were widely spread throughout the eastern states and Western Australia. By the year 2000 it became apparent that the business was outgrowing the Ballandry plant, and a search began for a new site. The Redhill Industrial Estate at Narrandera (NSW) was identified as the best location to set up greenfields production facility, its primary attraction being easy freight access to and from all parts of Australia, as the town is located at the junction of the north-south Newell Highway and the east-west Sturt Highway. Other considerations included local access to labour and trade services in the Narrandera Shire. The new factory was completed in 2003, and production capacity has been added continually as demand has grown. BioAg’s headquarters are located in a beautiful historic building in the heart of the town which has been restored to its former glory. It now houses office suites, conference rooms and laboratories, and will cater for the needs of the company’s expansion for many years to come. BioAg’s growing agronomic support team now has a network of qualified Territory Managers throughout the eastern states of Australia (NSW, VIC and SA) and supports an extensive dealer network.

Markets we operate in

Domestic Markets

Our domestic markets comprise the broadacre cropping, pasture, horticultural and dairy segments throughout the eastern seaboard of Australia, from southern Queensland to Tasmania.

Distributors in your region are located on the Contact Us page of our site.

New Zealand

BioAg Limited is our joint-venture company, based at Napier on the east coast of the North Island, and servicing the viticulture, horticulture and pasture segments of the market. The business was established in 2007.

United Kingdom

Our United Kingdom distributor is Thomson & Joseph Ltd, based in Norwich, servicing the dairy sector with Digest-it® for Dairies since 2009.

Manufacturing

BioAg’s manufacturing facilities BioAg’s fertilisers, yield enhancers, organic range, and effluent and dairy digesters ranges are all made at our Australian based manufacturing facilities in Narrandera NSW and Geelong Vic. Manufacturing our Solid Fertilisers Range Our highly successful BioAgPhos® range of fertilisers is uniquely created by biologically digesting high-quality reactive phosphate rock (RPR). At our site at Batesford Quarry, outside Geelong, we treat the RPR with a biological digester maufactured at our Narrandera plant. This process releases the phosphorus making it plant-available, both immediately, and for continuous release. Batesford Quarry also produces a soft, fine high-grade agricultural lime used in cropping, pasture, horticulture and viticulture applications. Manufacturing our Liquid Nutrient and other products BioAg’s liquid nutritional products are produced at its modern fermentation plant at Narrandera (NSW). The factory was purpose built, and caters to the continuing expanding needs of the business, the most recent acquisition being a high capacity packaging line. The Narrandera plant manufacturers our liquid nutrient (yield enhancement) range, our liquid organic range, and our effluent and stubble digesters.

BioAg People

Board of Directors

Darrel Dreiberg Chairman BioAg

Darrel Dreiberg Chairman BioAg

Darrel Drieberg
Chairman
Dip. Business Studies – Accounting, CMA
Darrel Drieberg specialises in advising companies on corporate strategy, financial strategy and performance measurement. Since 1990 his practice has also been involved in executive education and mentoring senior executives. In 1996 he qualified as a Licensed Real Estate Agent. He is a Director of the Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria, a Director of Relocations in Melbourne – executive relocation consultants and a Director of SSK Property Solutions – a boutique property management company.
Anton Barton Managing Director BioAg

Anton Barton Managing Director BioAg

Anton Barton
Managing Director (Executive Director)
MBA
Anton has more than 20 years of experience in sales, marketing and business management within the agribusiness and industrial sectors. He is responsible for sales management, marketing and administration. Born and raised on a large sheep station in western Queensland, Anton has a deep empathy for agriculture and its people.
Martin Metz Independent Director BioAg

Martin Metz Independent Director BioAg

Martin Metz
Independent Director
Bachelor of Chemical Engineering
Martin has over 25 years experience in the Australian and Global fertiliser industry; including executive and directors roles in fertiliser manufacture and supply, and global trading.  As well as experience from senior roles in industrial chemicals manufacture and trade and FMCG (fast moving consumer goods).

BioAg Management Team

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Darrel Drieberg
Chairman

Dip. Business Studies – Accounting, FCMA
Darrel is a Fellow of the Institute of Certified Management Accountants and specialises in advising companies on corporate strategy, financial strategy and performance measurement. Since 1990 his practice has also been involved in executive education and mentoring. He is a Director of the Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria, a Director of Relocations in Melbourne and a Director of SSK Property Solutions.
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Anton Barton
Managing Director (Executive Director)

MBA
Anton has more than 20 years of experience in sales, marketing and business management within the agribusiness and industrial sectors. He is responsible for sales management, marketing and administration. Born and raised on a large sheep station in western Queensland, Anton has a deep empathy for agriculture and its people.
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John Hill
Technical Sales Manager

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John looks after the cotton and broad acre markets of the Riverina and is based in Leeton. John has been employed in the rural sector for the past twenty-four years including in the Riverina, New South Wales for the past twelve. He has been involved in grain trading, grain and hay accumulation, and the processing and exporting of oaten hay for the Japanese dairy industry. More recently John was with Landmark as branch manager in Griffith before becoming the regional Sales and Operations Manager for Southern NSW. His primary role during this period was to increase sales through teamwork, product knowledge and gaining a better understanding of the sales process.
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Michael Douglass
Marketing Manager

Dip. Bus. (HR), Grad. Cert. Arts (Management)
Michael’s early management roles were in the banking, health and arts sectors, initially focusing on Human Resources, Workplace Health & Safety, and recruitment, and then moving into marketing, website content writer, editor and technical writing. Michael has had numerous works published and most recently appeared in the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) Writers Anthology.
At BioAg, Michael handles the WH&S, HR, IT, marketing and export administration.
Email Michael







BioAg Area Managers (Agronomy and Sales)

BioAg Area Managers are located in NSW, VIC, TAS and SA, and work directly with farmers and growers, as well as in conjunction with our Agent and Distribution network.

Along with appropriate formal qualifications, BioAg Area Managers are Fertcare accredited, and trained and experienced in designing a fertiliser program suitable to your particular crop.

Fertcare, delivered by the Australian fertiliser industry is a training, quality assurance, certification and accreditation program.



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The Fertcare program has a strong emphasis on training users in providing high quality advice on fertiliser usage in order to maximise productivity while minimising environment and food safety risk.

Paul Medlock. Area Manager, Northern NSW

Paul Medlock. Area Manager, Northern NSW

Paul Medlock
Area Manager, Northern NSW
BMan (Farm Business Management)Education and accreditation
Bachelor of Management (Farm Business Management), The university of Sydney.
Fertcare accredited.Experience
TLC Research specialising in internal and external parasites of sheep and cattle.
Farm Manager for CSIRO division of Livestock Industries, Sydney.
Territory Manager for BAYER animal health, Yass NSW.
Area manager for PPI/Neta.
Area Manager for Coopers Animal Health, Tamworth NSW.Current study
Masters in Agricultural Science in Agronomy, University of Queensland.Mob: 0429 820 360. email Paul

Daniel Hill - Area Manager, Southern Riverina & Northern Victoria

Daniel Hill – Area Manager, Southern Riverina & Northern Victoria

Daniel Hill
Area Manager, Southern & Western Victoria and Tasmania
B.App.Sc.(Applied Science, Agriculture)Education and accreditation
Bachelor of Applied Science, Agriculture, University of Melbourne
Fertcare accreditedExperience
Viticulture Technical Manager – Casella Management
Irrigation/Fertiliser Manager – Amaland Agco
Irrigation Agronomist – Cropsol Soil & Irrigation
Technical Officer – Serve-Ag VictoriaMobile: 0448 453 412. email Daniel

Phil Toy - Area Manager, South Australia

Phil Toy – Area Manager, South Australia

Phil Toy
Area Manager, South Australia
RDA (Roseworthy)
A Roseworthy Agricultural College graduate with a family farming background on Eyre Peninsula, Phil has knowledge and practical experience which provide an understanding of the key constraints to production and profitability. He has had a long career with agricultural chemical and fertiliser companies that has included state managerial roles.Mob: 0458 440 225. email Phil

David Phelps - Southern slopes pasture market specialist

David Phelps – Southern slopes pasture market specialist

David Phelps
Area Manager, Southern NSW (Pastures)
BSciAgEducation and accreditation
Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, The University of New England, Armidale NSW
Fertcare accreditedExpreience
Seed Production Agronomist, PGGWrightson Seeds, Southern NSW
Area Sales Manager, PGGWrightson Seeds, Southern NSW
Area Sales Manager, Wesfarmers CSBP, Bunbury WAMob: 0438 269 939. email David

John Hill - Area Mgr, Riverina & MIA.

John Hill – Area Mgr, Riverina & MIA.

John Hill
Area Manager, Riverina and MIA
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John will be looking after the cotton and broad acre markets of the Riverina and is based in Leeton. He and his wife Sally have a six-year-old daughter Grace who is currently in kindergarten at Leeton Public School. Sally and her business partner own and operate the Leeton Physiotherapy Centre. The pair also own a hobby farm between Leeton and Griffith and enjoy the country lifestyle. Socially John plays rugby for the Leeton Phantoms during the winter and cricket in the summer. John has been employed in the rural sector for the past twenty-four years including in the Riverina, New South Wales for the past twelve. He has been involved in grain trading, grain and hay accumulation, and the processing and exporting of oaten hay for the Japanese dairy industry. More recently John was with Landmark as branch manager in Griffith before becoming the regional Sales and Operations Manager for Southern NSW. His primary role during this period was to increase sales through teamwork, product knowledge and gaining a better understanding of the sales process. John was able to develop a strong sales team and culture leading to some fantastic results. For the past 12 months John managed a property that he and Sally leased just north of Leeton. “I have missed the team environment and I see BioAg as a fantastic opportunity and look forward to seeing the results we can achieve as a team”.Mob: 0427 247 844. email John

BioAg Administration Team

Trudi Barton
Administration Manager

Trudi has been part of BioAg almost since its inception. She is responsible for the day-to-day management of the BioAg office, and takes care of the myriad of tasks attendant on conducting an enterprise in the agribusiness sector. email Trudi
Karen Hands
Receptionist

Karen is a local of Narrandera and joined us in 2015. She is the person you will probably meet first when you call us, as she answers your phone calls, takes your orders and deals with the logistics of supply. email Karen
Mel Billingham
Office Manager

Mel joined us in 2014 and continues her families involvement with BioAg with her parents Anton and Trudi well known to many. Additionally Mel’s husband Chris is Assistant Plant Manager at our Narrandera liquid manufacturing facility. email Mel

Manufacturing

Peter Stoneman
Plant Chemist
Ass. Dip. Med. Tech., Grad. Dip. Nat. Res. Law
Peter has had a lifetime’s experience working in the industrial laboratories of several well-known Australian companies, including Wattyl Paints, CSR, Petroleum and Chemicals Corporation Australia, SunRice and the Central West Pathology Service. More recently, he worked as a Pesticides Officer for NSW Agriculture and the EPA, where he developed farm chemical training programs. email Peter
Barry Knight
Factory Manager
Barry has been a member of the BioAg team since the Narrandera liquid products factory was completed in 2003. He is responsible for the day-to-day management of it and the solid products installation at Geelong. His responsibilities include production, scheduling, logistics, quality management, staff management and maintenance (and all of those things which beset a factory manager). email Barry
Chris Billingham
Assistant Facroty Manager
Chris joined us in 2014 and continues his families involvement with BioAg. Chris’ parents-in-law are Anton and Trudi, well known to many of you, while Chris’ wife Mel is our Office Manager. email Chris