BScAgr (Hons) (Nottingham), MScAg (UNE), PhD (UNE)
Dr Orchard graduated from University of Nottingham UK with B.Sc.Ag (Hons) degree. He worked on a Nuffield Applied Plant Physiology project in the Department of Botany, University of Cambridge investigating the effects of drought on yield in barley before taking up an appointment as Teaching Fellow, Dept. Agronomy and Soil Science at the University of New England. During this time Dr Orchard completed a M.Sc. Ag and Ph.D while teaching in the areas of Plant and Crop Physiology, Climatology, Agronomy and Farming Systems.
Following this Dr Orchard became Postgraduate Advisor to an Indonesian-Australian Government Project - Forage Research Project before moving to Indonesia as Team Leader.Since joining NSW Agriculture in 1987 Dr Orchard's work has centred on developing training and education packages for landholders in the areas of Pastures and Acid Soils. He has held the positions of Technical Specialist (Pastures/Acid Soils), Program Leader (Pastures-South), Manager Pasture Advisory Services and currently Manager Pastures R,D & E. The Pasture Unit has developed landscaped-based extension integrating production and NRM issues such as wetlands, biodiversity and soil health. Recent developments in cross-property planning also deliver social-community benefits.