Jacqueline Rowarth has a Bachelors degree in Agricultural Science with honours in Environmental Agriculture, and a PhD in Soil Science from Massey University. She has worked in research, education, management and governance with Agresearch, Lincoln University, Unitec in Auckland, The University of Melbourne, Massey University, University of Waikato, the Environmental Protection Authority, Crop and Food Research, AGMARDT and DairyNZ.
She is a Past President of the New Zealand Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Science, and of the New Zealand Grassland Association. She is a frequent contributor to public debate in the media and speaks to industry, society and school groups whenever invited. In 2008 she was awarded Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Agricultural Science, in 2009 she was given the inaugural award of Agricultural Personality of the Year by Federated Farmers and in 2010 she was selected as the Agricultural Communicator of the Year by the Guild of Agricultural Communicators and Journalists.
Jacqueline remains committed to trying to help society understand the importance of agriculture and horticulture, and dispelling the myths that surround food production.