The new president of the Agricultural Science Association (ASA) is Mary Delaney, head of equine in Glanbia Agribusiness.
She is the third female president of the ASA, which will mark its 75th anniversary next year.
The others were Elaine Farrell (2008) and Karina Pierce (2012).
The ASA is the professional body for graduates in agricultural, horticultural, forestry, environmental and food science.
A native of Monaghan, she is an agricultural science graduate from UCD in agribusiness and rural development.
She has worked for 11 years with Glanbia where she has responsibility for the GainHorse Feeds portfolio.
Last year, Ms Delaney completed a Nuffield Scholarship, focusing on the climate change challenge for dairying.
Stressing that the ASA can play a crucial role in leading and developing sustainable Irish agriculture and food-related sectors, she said its members represent every facet of the agri food industry.
She said the ASA is uniquely placed to provide the platform for networking, knowledge-sharing, discussion, and debate.
Ms Delaney lives in Galmoy, Co Kilkenny, and is married to fellow agricultural science graduate and dairy farmer David.
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