Plant Health Australia is again sponsoring the Plant Biosecurity Farmer of the Year Award, which will be presented in Melbourne this September.
The Biosecurity Farmer of the Year Award is part of the Australian Farmer of the Year Awards, and recognises the efforts of producers dedicated to keeping their operations free of diseases, pests and weeds.
That includes last year’s winner Ron Creagh, a grain grower and sheep grazier with a difference. Ron is just one of the growing number of producers in Australia who have assessed the risks of diseases, pests and weeds on their farming business and taken steps to address the risk. He was named the 2013 Plant Biosecurity Farmer of the Year as a result of his well-considered on-farm biosecurity measures.
Ron sees biosecurity as both a good business and a good farming practice that is imperative to the overall success of his farming business. “It is a practice that begins at the farm-gate and plays a major part in my cropping program. The management of people and product onto the property have high priority,” said Ron.
Erecting a simple biosecurity sign is something all growers can do to help manage people movement on their farm. “The mobility of people now in the farming industry is a cause for concern. The employment of seasonal labour into the district sees visitors and workers coming in from places like the UK and New Zealand ,” he said. They can provide a direct route for the introduction of diseases, pests and weeds from overseas.
You can nominate yourself, a family member, friends or associates who you think also deserves to be recognised for their efforts. Nominations from crop producers (with or without livestock) are welcome.
For more information or to nominate, go to the Farming Ahead website, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1800 677 761. Nominations close on Friday 27 June 2014 and finalists will be announced towards the end of August.