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Time’s running out to apply for biosecurity award

October 11, 2017

There’s less than two weeks left to nominate an Aussie farmer for the 2018 Farm Biosecurity Producer of the Year award – an award that celebrates Australian producers who go the extra mile to avoid diseases, pests and weeds coming on to their property.

Whether they work individually or with local, state or federal bodies, producers play a vital role in managing endemic diseases, pests and weeds and are crucial in detecting and containing exotic disease and pest threats.

Through the Farm Biosecurity Program, Animal Health Australia (AHA) and Plant Health Australia (PHA) are proud to partner with the Australian Government’s Department of Agriculture and Water Resources in recognising an Australian producer who delivers outstanding on-farm biosecurity practices.

With only two weeks left in the nomination period, AHA CEO Kathleen Plowman is encouraging people to nominate a co-worker, friend or family member who is proactive about protecting their farm property from diseases, pests and weeds.

“We are keen to see an outstanding farmer recognised for integrating on-farm biosecurity actions within their everyday farm management. By securing their farm, these farmers are securing their future,” said Ms Plowman.

PHA’s Executive Director and CEO, Greg Fraser, echoed Ms Plowman’s comments, reiterating that all producers, from hobby farmers to large commercial operators, are eligible for nomination.

“All farmers have a role to play in the national biosecurity system, regardless of what they farm or how large their operation is,” Mr Fraser said.

“I encourage anyone who knows a farmer who is serious about biosecurity to nominate them for the inaugural award in the next two weeks.”

Nominations for the 2018 Australian Biosecurity Awards close on Friday 20 October. The Awards will be presented at a gala dinner in Canberra in March 2018.

For information on the awards, including the nomination form, visit agriculture.gov.au/aba and for more information on the Farm Biosecurity Program’s six on-farm biosecurity essentials, visit farmbiosecurity.com.au.