South Australia’s leading vegetable growers have been recognised at the 2017 AUSVEG SA and William Buck Vegetable Industry Awards for Excellence.
Award winners were announced at an industry dinner, with around 200 growers and industry members gathering to celebrate the significant contributions of members of South Australia’s vegetable and broader horticulture industry.
The Awards for Excellence, which were held at the Arkaba Hotel on Wednesday 12 April 2017, provided the opportunity to showcase the dedication to high quality produce, innovation, and leadership within these vitally important industries in South Australia.
The awards were attended by a number of leading political figures, including the Hon. Leon Bignell, South Australian Minister for Agriculture, Food, and Fisheries; Senator the Hon. Anne Ruston, Assistant Federal Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources; the Hon. David Ridgway MLC, Shadow South Australian Minister for Agriculture, Food, and Fisheries; and Member for Hammond Mr Adrian Pederick MP.
The winners of the Awards for Excellence were as follows:
- Mr Henry Liu, P’Petual – Grower of the Year (proudly sponsored by Peats Soil)
- Mr Chris Musolino, T Musolino & Co – Young Grower of the Year (proudly sponsored by the South Australian Produce Market)
- FarMate – Industry Impact Award (proudly sponsored by William Buck)
- Ms Zurriyet Braham, Braham Produce – Women in Horticulture (proudly sponsored by Primary Industries and Regions SA)
- Matthew Stein, A-GAS Rural – Researcher of the Year (proudly sponsored by ANZ Bank)
- Bill and Emmanuel Cafcakis – Environmental Award (proudly sponsored by Cropping Solutions).
The winners of the AUSVEG SA Awards for Excellence are now in the running for the National Awards for Excellence, to be held during the Hort Connections 2017 conference in Adelaide from 15-17 May 2017.
“The AUSVEG SA and William Buck Awards for Excellence recognise South Australian growers, researchers, and other industry participants for their leadership, dedication, and expertise in providing high quality produce to consumers, and adopting innovation to improve productivity and profitability in the industry,” said AUSVEG SA State Manager Jordan Brooke-Barnett.
“It is important to celebrate the outstanding achievements of South Australia’s leading growers and their unwavering dedication to the vegetable and potato industries, which are vital to the state’s economy and in the ongoing development of our sector.”