In a new development for the Award – now in its 10th year – the organisers are asking other farmers and the public to nominate their choices.
“Each year we attract strong candidates for the NSW Farmer of the Year Award but we think some potential candidates may need a tap on the shoulder,” said chief judge Marie Russell.
“Farmers are notorious for their reluctance to self-promote, so this is a way of getting to those leading farmers who may be hiding their talents and contributions.”
To nominate a farmer for the Award people can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org stating:
• the name and contact of the farmer you're nominating
• a brief 25 word statement about why they're a worthy candidate.
You can nominate an owner or a manager.
In another major development, WorkCover NSW has come on board as a major sponsor and supporter of the NSW Farmer of the Year Award.
General Manager of WorkCover’s Work Health and Safety Division, John Watson said the Farmer of the Year Award was an excellent way to raise the profile of farm safety.
“The farming industry is one of the state’s largest and highest risk industries,” Mr Watson said. “Farmers and farm workers are well placed to contribute to the development of work health and safety solutions.
“WorkCover is proud to support the NSW Farmer of the Year Award and is working closely with the farming industry to develop solutions to major health, safety and return to work issues so that rural workplaces can be safer and more productive.”
A safety management question has been included in the NSW Farmer of the Year application form to reflect the involvement of WorkCover. Applicants are now asked to describe how they keep themselves, their family, friends and workers safe on their farm.
The successful ‘Farmer of the Year’ will be awarded $10,000 and the other finalists will receive $2000.
The awards recognise management skills, the use of innovation, profitability, environmental sustainability and community involvement.
The Award is an initiative of the NSW Farmers’ Association and NSW Department of Primary Industries, with support from The Land, the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW and now WorkCover NSW as well.
Image: 2012 NSW Farmers of the Year Alison and Peter Campbell from Henty with daughter Ainslie.