Entries are now open for the prestigious NSW Farmer of the Year Award for 2018.
NSW Minister for Primary Industries Niall Blair said the award was both a celebration and recognition of farming excellence through the diverse range of enterprises across the state.
“Our farmers represent some of the most innovative, industrious primary producers in the country and produce some of the highest quality food and fibre to be found anywhere in the world,” Minister Blair said.
“The state’s $15 billion primary industries sector is going from strength to strength under the stewardship of our farmers, who demonstrate drive and determination to run efficient, profitable and sustainable businesses.”
NSW Farmers President Derek Schoen has served as a judge of the award throughout his presidency and said the 2017 finalists represented the breadth of NSW’s farming sector.
“From biodynamic, organic egg farming to a commercial cropping enterprise gaining efficiencies through environmental practices, from young guns through to farmerswho have had a life-long commitment to farming excellence, the calibre of applications to the NSW Farmer of the Year award continues to be hugely impressive,” Mr Schoen said.
“The award helps identify outstanding farmers who are pushing the boundaries within their industry and in farming generally, and recognises people with outstanding management skills who demonstrate a combination of innovation, profitability, sustainability and community involvement.
The successful 2018 Farmer of the Year will be awarded $10,000, and finalists will receive $2000.
The award is an initiative of the NSW Department of Primary Industries and NSW Farmers, with support from Fairfax Agricultural Media and SafeWork NSW.
The application process is now online, where you can both apply and nominate a farmer by visiting www.nswfarmeroftheyear.com.au.
Entries close September 26, 2018.