Member for Monaro John Barilaro is encouraging farmers in the region to nominate for NSW Farmer of the Year and NSW Young Farmer of the Year awards, warning applications close next week.

The prestigious awards are judged on the innovative tools farmers are using to prepare for the future, techniques being used to boost productivity and yields and initiatives being implemented to keep farmers, their families and their workers safe and well.

Mr Barilaro said the awards were a chance to recognise excellence in the NSW primary industries sector, and the ingenuity and professionalism of our farmers.

“Even in drought the Monaro is home to some of the most resilient and innovative farmers in the world,” Mr Barilaro said.

“It’s important we celebrate the achievements of our local industry leaders, so I strongly encourage people to get involved and nominate yourself or the people you admire in the sector.”

The NSW Farmer of the Year Award is open to all farmers, fishers and foresters; while the NSW Young Farmer of the Year Award is open to all farmers, fishers and foresters aged 18 to 35.

Winners of each category will receive $4,000, while runners up will receive $2,000.

Judges will conduct a farm visit with each of the finalists before the winners are announced at an awards ceremony in Sydney on Wednesday, 11 December 2019.

What they are looking for:

Awards criteria includes farming businesses or enterprises that can demonstrate:

  • great techniques being used to boost productivity and yield
  • effective tools and approaches used to streamline businesses
  • innovative ways to prepare for the future
  • initiatives made to keep themselves, and their staff, safe and well.