The Farm Biosecurity program is proud to again sponsor this prestigious prize as part of the 2012 Farmer of the Year Awards. The awards celebrate the highly professional, innovative and sustainable approach of our farmers, showcasing their passion and raising the profile of the important role they play in Australian agriculture. The Biosecurity Farmer of the Year Award recognises farmers who are focused on protecting their properties from the risk of diseases, pests and weeds.
Duncan Rowland, Executive Manager of Biosecurity Services at Animal Health Australia, says the award takes on a special significance as 2012 is the Australian Year of the Farmer.
“The award is a great way for us to promote sound on-farm biosecurity practices to Australian farmers,” Duncan says. “Every year, the nominations reveal biosecurity champions from around the country who serve as fantastic examples of easy ways to keep farming operations free of diseases, pests and weeds.”
“And this year, the winners of our two award categories (animal and plant) automatically go in the running for the main Australian Farmer of the Year award.”
Sharyn Taylor, Program Manager at Plant Health Australia, adds that the Biosecurity Farmer of the Year is someone who has demonstrated initiative and motivation to address the potential risks to their business and livelihood.
“The finalists demonstrate how better biosecurity can be integrated into the daily activities of enterprises without compromising efficiency,” says Sharyn. “Being part of the awards can also have terrific benefits for nominees, which builds the positive profile of their business – so I encourage all biosecurity conscious producers to nominate.”
The 2012 Australian Farmer of the Year Awards, Hosted by Kondinin Group and ABC Rural, will be held on 12 September in Melbourne.