$5000 award on of­fer

The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - SUMMER GRAINS - MA­REE CRAW­FORD 2019 Aus­tralian Sum­mer Grains Con­fer­ence chair

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.

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