Nominate now for Biosecurity Farmer of the Year Award
28 May 2015
Victorian grain farmers are urged to nominate themselves or a friend for the biosecurity section in the annual Farmer of the Year Award.
The category aims to promote and reward excellent biosecurity practice in the grains industry.
Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) Biosecurity Officer Jim Moran said the biosecurity award was a sub category of the awards hosted by the Kondinin Group and ABC Rural.
"This highly respected industry accolade will recognise farmers and farming families who are focused on the biosecurity of their farming enterprise.
"The Biosecurity Farmer of the Year (plant) is someone who has demonstrated initiative and motivation in addressing the potential risks of disease, pests and weeds to their businesses and their livelihood.
"Their story will highlight what can be done to raise the bar in biosecurity and secure the future of the industry."
Mr Moran said biosecurity was a national priority, implemented off-shore, at the border and on-farm.
"Due to Australia's geographic isolation we have relatively few of the pests that affect plant industries overseas.
"Freedom from these exotic pests is a vital part of the future profitability and sustainability of Australia's plant industries," he said.
Mr Moran urged farmers to highlight the good practices and nominate themselves or a friend now or contact him direct at the DEDJTR Epsom (Bendigo) office.
"I will follow up with a quick interview and photo and submit your nomination and if you are selected as a finalist, you will attend a grand dinner and celebration of farming and be eligible for awards.
"Think about your current tactics for controlling weeds and pests, your monitoring regime, your hygiene practices or any other measures you employ for preventing establishment or spread of pests and weeds," he said.
Entries close Friday, June 26, 2015, with winners to be announced in Sydney on September 9, 2015.
For more information on the award nominations, please call 1800 677 761 or phone Jim Moran at DEDJTR on (03) 5430 4479.
If you would like a free copy of the new Biosecurity Manual for Grain Producers or the Monitoring Stored Grain booklet, please also contact Jim Moran at DEDJTR Epsom.
Categorised under: Agriculture,Biosecurity