The National Awards for Excellence are the most prestigious awards in Australian horticulture. These Awards recognise and celebrate leading industry members, and this year, 69 growers, businesses, researchers and industry representatives are in the running for the 10 award categories.

The Awards highlight the accomplishments of our industry’s leaders, and are an opportunity to celebrate our best and brightest. Previous award winners have gone on to be recognised in the broader industry for their great work and their impact on the sector – for example, 2017 ABC Rural and Kondinin Group Australian Farmer of the Year Andrew Bulmer was celebrated as the 2011 AUSVEG Young Grower of the Year, and 2017 Rabobank Emerging Leader winner Nathan Free won the AUSVEG Young Grower of the Year award in 2014.

These nominations recognise the recipients’ hard work for our industry and reflect the respect they have earned from their peers and colleagues who put them forward for nomination. We’d like to thank everyone who contributed to the nomination process, and we congratulate each nominee and wish them all the best of luck!

Nine of these 10 awards will be presented at the Hort Connections Gala Dinner on Wednesday 20 June 2018, while the Exporter of the Year Award will be presented at the Export Seminar on Monday 18 June 2018.

If you haven’t already registered to attend the biggest destination in Australian horticulture, including this great opportunity to network and celebrate the best of our industry with 1,300 other guests, register online!

For a media statement about these nominations and the Awards for Excellence, see here.

Grower of the Year

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  • Gerard Alampi (VIC)
  • Michael Badcock (TAS)
  • Michael Bogicevic (VIC)
  • Tim Carnell (QLD)
  • Ben Dowling (SA)
  • Ed Fagan (NSW)
  • Scott Samwell (SA)
  • Frank and Dianne Sciacca (QLD)
  • Carl Walker (QLD)

PMA – Produce Plus Marketer of the Year

  • The Flavorite, Costa and Perfection Fresh marketing teams for the ‘Australian Truss Tomatoes’ campaign
  • Zespri’s 2017 ‘Life’s Tastier When You Go for Gold’ Australian marketing campaign
  • Favco Fruit and Vegetable Company and Fresh Partners Australia for the ‘Avocado Retail Ready Six-Pack’ campaign
  • Sydney Markets’ marketing team for the ‘Fresh for Kids’ campaign
  • T&G Global’s marketing team for the ‘Lotatoes Potatoes’ campaign

Young Grower of the Year

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  • Nathan Barolli (VIC)
  • Steph Corrigan (VIC)
  • Andres Cruz (VIC)
  • Mitch East (WA)
  • Daniel Hammond (VIC)
  • Chris McLoghlin (VIC)
  • Chris Pham (NT)
  • Daniel Quattrochi (SA)
  • Olivia Ryan (VIC)
  • Jake Shadbolt (VIC)

Researcher of the Year Award

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  • Dr Sally Bound (TAS)
  • Angelica Cameron (VIC)
  • Dr Elizabeth Dann (QLD)
  • Jessica Page (VIC)
  • Matt Plunkett (NSW)

Industry Impact Award

Proudly sponsored by Visy

  • James Altman (SA)
  • Kevan Dobra (WA)
  • Sarah Dunn (VIC)
  • Lockyer Valley Growers Association (QLD)
  • Danyang Ying (VIC)

Innovation Partner Award

Proudly sponsored by Boomaroo Nurseries

  • drumMuster (ACT)
  • Val and Sam Micallef (NSW)
  • Schreurs & Sons (VIC)
  • Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TAS)
  • Terry Martella (WA)
  • The Yield

Women in Horticulture Award

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  • Lisa Corrigan (VIC)
  • Janne Dipple (QLD)
  • Lechelle Earl (SA)
  • Cherry Emerick (QLD)
  • Shayne Hyman (VIC)
  • Rachel Mackenzie (QLD)
  • Dr Hazel MacTavish-West (TAS)
  • Neena Mitter (QLD)
  • Susie Murphy White (WA)
  • Sue Pederick (SA)

Community Stewardship Award

Proudly sponsored by E.E. Muir & Sons

  • CHEP
  • East Gippsland Vegetable Innovation Days (VIC)
  • Michael Badcock (TAS)
  • Matthew Gay (NSW)
  • Lucky Khakh (VIC)
  • Lockyer Valley Growers Association (QLD)
  • Southern Grampians Shire Council / Deakin University / Glenelg Hopkins CMA (VIC)
  • Justin Tiller (SA)

Environmental Award

Proudly sponsored by Butler Market Gardens

  • CHEP
  • Paul Musolino (SA)
  • Chris Odell (VIC)
  • Frank and Dianne Sciacca (QLD)

Exporter of the Year Award

Proudly sponsored by NAB Agribusiness

  • Dicky Bill Australia (QLD)
  • Hussey and Co (VIC)
  • Premium Fresh (TAS)
  • Qualipac (QLD)
  • Schreurs & Sons (VIC)
  • West Australian Corn Growers (WA)

This post appeared in the AUSVEG Weekly Update published 29 May 2018. Subscribe to the Update using our online form to receive the latest industry news in your inbox every week!