Wednesday, 18 September 2019
JUST days remain to nominate the best our primary industries sector has to offer, with nominations for the prestigious NSW Farmer of the Year and NSW Young Farmer of the Year awards closing next week.
Minister for Agriculture and Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall is urging the community to get their nominations in and said the awards were a chance to recognise excellence in the NSW primary industries sector, acknowledging the ingenuity and professionalism of our farmers.
“NSW is home to some of the most resilient and innovative farmers in the world,” Mr Marshall said.
“Despite ongoing drought conditions across the State, our farmers are continuing to produce world-quality food and fibre for both domestic and international markets.
“It’s important we celebrate the achievements of our industry leaders, even while times are tough, and that’s why I am encouraging people to get involved and nominate farmers that display the excellence that our sector can be rightly proud of.”
The awards will be judged on the innovative tools farmers are using to prepare for the future, techniques being used to boost productivity and yields and initiatives being implemented to keep farmers, their families and their workers safe and well.
The NSW Farmer of the Year Award is open to all farmers, fishers and foresters; while the NSW Young Farmer of the Year Award is open to all farmers aged 18 to 35.
Winners of each category will receive $4,000, while runners up will receive $2,000.
Judges will conduct a farm visit with each of the finalists before the winners are announced at an awards ceremony in Sydney on Wednesday, 11 December 2019.
Nominations close next Monday, 23 September 2019.
For more information and to nominate, visit www.nswfarmeroftheyear.com.au
The awards are a joint initiative of the NSW Department of Primary Industries and NSW Farmers, with the support of Safework NSW and The Land.
MEDIA: Matthew Burgess 0429 022 629