In a press release today two South Australians were been named as the best farmers in Australia and Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Minister Leon Bignell congratulated both South Australians for their significant achievement in what’s becoming one of the most prestigious awards in Australian agriculture.
Adelaide Hills apple grower Robert Green has been named the ABC Rural and Kondinin Group 2014 Australian Farmer of the Year. He was also named the Australian Horticultural Grower of the Year and 33-year-old livestock farmer Jack England from Kingston in the South East was named Young Farmer of the Year.
South Australia was the only state to win three categories at last night’s award ceremony in Melbourne.
“It’s little wonder that South Australia has a growing international reputation for premium food and wine when we have innovative farmers such as Robert and Jack leading the agricultural industry in our state,” he said.
“This kind of recognition for our farmers is testimony to their commitment to sustainable farming, and the importance of agriculture to South Australia’s economy.”
The ABC Rural and Kondinin Group Australian Farmer of the Year awards are in their fifth year, and are aimed at the professional, innovative and sustainable approach of farming families while also raising the profile of the role they play in Australian agriculture.
Minister Bignell said Robert was a fourth-generation grower who farms 40,000 apple trees on more than 15 hectares at Lenswood.
“He has been recognised with the Australian Farmer of the Year and Horticulture Grower of the Year awards for his innovative growing practices which make the most of his limited access to water,” he said.
“Robert has also been a driving force behind the introduction of a new apple variety – Rockit – persuading a group of Adelaide Hills growers to try the variety.
“Jack – the vice-president of Livestock South Australia – is a fifth generation farmer who has taken a scientific approach to managing his livestock, which has significantly reduced calf mortality rates.
“I congratulate both Robert and Jack for their great achievement and their on-going commitment to agriculture and horticulture in South Australia.”
Source: Australia and Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Minister Leon Bignell