Australian Farmer of the Year award celebrates its 10-year anniversary

Author: | Date: 27 Jun 2019

image of Ray Harrington
Ray Harrington, inventor of the Harrington Seed Destructor and winner of the 2018 Farming Legend of the Year Award. Photo: GRDC

Only days remain to nominate for the 2019 Australian Farmer of the Year Awards.

The Australian Farmer of the Year Awards, hosted by Kondinin Group and ABC Rural for the 10th year running, are designed to celebrate and applaud the outstanding achievements of those individuals and families making a significant contribution to Australian agriculture.

This year, the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) is proud to support the awards program as sponsor of the Farming Legend of the Year category, an award recognising individuals who have made life-long contributions to agriculture.

The 2018 winner of this category was farmer and renowned inventor, Ray Harrington. Ray has most recently been recognised for his Harrington Seed Destructor (HSD), an innovation in weed seed control to combat increasing herbicide resistance within Australian cropping systems.

GRDC Head of Corporate Affairs, Kylie Dunstan, says recognising the nation’s leading farmers is important for industry growth.

”This award enables those individuals who are working hard in our agricultural industries  to showcase the excellent work that they do and to share their messages and engage with a wider audience,” Ms Dunstan says.

”The GRDC is proud to be supporting the awards and encourages nominations from within the grains industry and beyond.”

Winners of the 2019 Kondinin Group and ABC Rural Australian Farmer of the Year Awards will take part in a leadership program supported by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.

This major prize, a one-day workshop aimed at leadership development within the agricultural industry, allows award winners to develop their leadership capacity, grow industry networks and build their communication skills to represent the bright future of the industry.

Nominations for the awards are closing soon – to nominate yourself or a farming legend you know, please visit www.farmeroftheyear.com.au and apply before June 30.

Contact Details

Contact

Kylie Dunstan, GRDC Head of Corporate Affairs
+61 428 864 934
kylie.dunstan@grdc.com.au