They’re on again. The Australian Farmer of the Year Awards are coming back to Melbourne in September and our very own biosecurity award (plant and animal categories) is part of the honour roll.
Nominations are now open, and as sponsors Animal Health Australia and Plant Health Australia are calling on all producers conscious about their biosecurity to tell us your story and nominate.
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 that the winners and finalists of the award for the past three years have been stand-out examples of how easy and practical it is to get biosecurity right on Australian farms.
“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,” Mr Rowland said.
“The award is a great way for us to promote sound on-farm biosecurity practices to Australian farmers.”
Mr Brad Siebert, Program Manager, Biosecurity Planning & Implementation at Plant Health Australia, adds that the Biosecurity Farmer of the Year is someone (or groups of farmers) 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 Mr Siebert. “Being part of the awards can also have terrific benefits for nominees, which builds the positive profile of their business – so I encourage all producers with a good biosecurity regime to nominate.”
The winners of all the award categories (animal and plant) automatically go in the running for the main Australian Farmer of the Year award. The 2013 Australian Farmer of the Year Awards, hosted by Kondinin Group and ABC Rural, will be held on 12 September in Melbourne.