Time to ac­knowl­edge farm­ers

The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - News -

PRI­MARY In­dus­tries Min­is­ter Niall Blair and NSW Farm­ers pres­i­dent Derek Schoen have de­clared the 2017 NSW Farmer of the Year Award open for ap­pli­ca­tions and nominations.

Mr Blair said the awards are both a cel­e­bra­tion and recog­ni­tion of farm­ing ex­cel­lence through a di­verse range of en­ter­prises across New South Wales.

“Our farm­ers are some of the most in­no­va­tive and in­dus­tri­ous pri­mary pro­duc­ers, who each day face many chal­lenges to pro­duce the world’s high­est qual­ity food and fi­bre,” Mr Blair said.

“The state’s $15 bil­lion pri­mary in­dus­tries sec­tor is go­ing from strength to strength un­der the stew­ard­ship of our farm­ers, who demon­strate drive and de­ter­mi­na­tion to run ef­fi­cient, prof­itable and sus­tain­able busi­nesses.”

Mr Schoen de­scribed the award as an im­por­tant op­por­tu­nity to pro­mote the agri­cul­ture sec­tor.

Ap­pli­ca­tion forms are avail­able at NSW Farm­ers. En­tries close Septem­ber 27.

PHOTO: AN­DREW THORPE

AWARDS: Know a good NSW farmer? Nom­i­nate them in the an­nual Farmer of the Year Award.

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