Farm biose­cu­rity awards open

North East & Goulburn Murray Farmer - - NEWS -

NOM­I­NA­TIONS are now open for the 2018 Farm Biose­cu­rity Pro­ducer of the Year.

Do you know a farmer who takes biose­cu­rity se­ri­ously – some­one who works hard to avoid dis­eases, pests and weeds com­ing on to their prop­erty.

The Farm Biose­cu­rity Pro­ducer of the Year Award was es­tab­lished to recog­nise the con­tri­bu­tion of pro­duc­ers who demon­strate out­stand­ing, proac­tive on-farm biose­cu­rity prac­tices.

“Im­ple­ment­ing biose­cu­rity at the farm gate is one of the most im­por­tant steps in the na­tion’s biose­cu­rity sys­tem, and we are de­lighted to be part­ner­ing with the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment in host­ing the Aus­tralian Biose­cu­rity Awards,” An­i­mal Health Aus­tralia chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, Kath­leen Plow­man, said.

“All pro­duc­ers, from hobby farm­ers to large com­mer­cial op­er­a­tors, are el­i­gi­ble for nom­i­na­tion, with the ideal re­cip­i­ent be­ing some­one who has suc­cess­fully in­te­grated es­sen­tial on-farm biose­cu­rity ac­tions into their ev­ery­day farm man­age­ment strat­egy.”

The 2018 Aus­tralian Biose­cu­rity Awards will be pre­sented at a gala din­ner in Can­berra in March next year.

Nom­i­na­tions for the awards close on Oc­to­ber 20.

For in­for­ma­tion on the awards, in­clud­ing the nom­i­na­tion form, visit agri­cul­ture.gov. au/aba.

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