Nom­i­nate for award

Shepparton News - Country News - - EUROA SHOW 2018 -

The search is on again to find Aus­tralian agri­cul­ture’s biose­cu­rity cham­pi­ons.

If you or some­one you know goes the ex­tra mile to pro­tect their prop­erty from dis­eases, pests and weeds, nom­i­nate them now for the 2019 Farm Biose­cu­rity Pro­ducer of the Year Award.

Pri­mary pro­duc­ers are on the front lines of the na­tional biose­cu­rity sys­tem.

Small, ev­ery­day ac­tions on-farm go a long way to en­sur­ing Aus­tralia is se­cure against ex­otic, en­demic and emerg­ing dis­eases, pests and weeds.

The Farm Biose­cu­rity Pro­ducer of the Year Award was first pre­sented in 2018 to recog­nise ex­cel­lence in on-farm biose­cu­rity mea­sures and the con­tri­bu­tions made by pro­duc­ers to the wider biose­cu­rity sys­tem.

Plant Health Aus­tralia chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Greg Fraser said the 2018 win­ners were not just biose­cu­rity cham­pi­ons.

‘‘Their very dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ences with ex­otic dis­ease erad­i­ca­tions com­bined to cre­ate a vi­tal case study into the im­por­tance of man­ag­ing biose­cu­rity on-farm,’’ he said.

‘‘We are keen to see a new crop of pro­duc­ers recog­nised for their out­stand­ing biose­cu­rity mea­sures through this unique award.’’

Nom­i­na­tions close Fri­day, Novem­ber 9. ■ For in­for­ma­tion on the awards, in­clud­ing the nom­i­na­tion form, visit: agri­cul­ ■ For more in­for­ma­tion on the Farm Biose­cu­rity Pro­gram’s six on-farm biose­cu­rity es­sen­tials, visit: farm­biose­cu­

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