$5000 award on offer
THE 2019 Australian Summer Grains Conference planning is well advanced with a renewed program focussing on the big challenges for the grains industry and providing solutions that will support farmers, agronomists, advisors and scientists into the future under the theme Enduring Farm Profitability.
New program streams include a graduate forum on the Monday and a New Technology theme that will run throughout the conference proper focusing on new and innovative technologies.
To compliment the main program the gala dinner will be the platform to recognise leaders and significant contributions to our industry. Highlights of the social program will be a new award titled the Ben Coleman Memorial Award that will encompass a travel and study prize valued at $5000 to recognise the selfless commitment to our industry by a farmer.
This award has been established in memory of Ben Coleman, from Mt Moriah on the Central Darling Downs, who was lost to the industry too soon in late 2017.
Ben demonstrated passion and was involved in many grains industry committees, activities and networks.
Ben had a unique perspective being a part-time farmer whilst being a rural banker, who then left the bank to expand his family’s farming business.
He empathised with farmers and worked hard for better outcomes for growers through selfless involvement in the grains industry.
Eligible entrants must be a practicing full time farmer, and be nominated by industry or their peers.
Entrants will be interviewed by a judging panel from a representative of Suncorp Agribusiness, a Grains Research Foundation Member, a Central Darling Downs Grower Group Member and a Clifton Allora Topcrop Group Member. Finalists for the award will then be selected, notified and invited to attend the conference dinner and awards ceremony where the winner will be announced.
Entries are now open with the nomination form on the ASGC website and close on March 1, 2019.
Other key awards are the Zoe McInnes $5000 study tour which will be awarded to an agronomist recognising their outstanding contribution to excellence in agriculture sponsored by the Mungbean Association.
Nominees must be a practising agronomist that is active in the industry and displays qualities such as innovativeness and application to best management practice.
The Innovation in Technology Awards for industry and Farming Enterprise, sponsored by Elders for excellence in innovation in the ag-tech industry and contribution to adoption and profitability of the farming community, and the Women in Agriculture Awards for Industry and Farmer sponsored by the GRDC will also make a return to the 2019 event.
We are encouraging the industry to get behind these awards by nominating an outstanding farmer and agronomist from your local community.
Forms are on the Australian Summer Grains website.
Early bird registrations to the conference are also open with extra discounts for farmers and students.
ENTER: Entries are open for the 2019 Australian Summer Grains Ben Coleman memorial award.