Article •  18/4/2019

Search is on in the fields and paddocks for Australia’s best Young Grower

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Corteva Agriscience™, the Agriculture Division of DowDuPont™, is once again searching the fields and paddocks to find Australia’s best young grower.

The 2019 Corteva Young Grower of the Year Award, honours growers, aged 35 years or less, who champion the success of the Australian horticulture industry and show a commitment to innovation, helping to define the next generations of growers.

The award is part of the AUSVEG National Awards for Excellence which will be presented on Wednesday 26 June during the Hort Connections convention in Melbourne.

Nick Koch, Marketing Manager for Horticulture & Insecticides for Corteva said the Corteva Young Grower of the Year Award is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the achievements of our future industry leaders.

“Every day, in every field and paddock, in every part of Australia, there are young growers achieving great things for our horticulture industry,” Nick said.

“Our aim is to see these young growers recognised for their hard work and dedication within their communities.”

“Corteva Agriscience is proud to continue our support for the award. Our industry needs more young people involved to continue to build on our fertile history. It’s vital that we celebrate the achievements of the next generation of leaders.

“The winner will be a future leader who demonstrates a high level of commitment to the industry and helps to enrich the community in which they operate as well as working with external stakeholders to introduce new perspectives.

“They will be a young grower with a vision for the future, he or she understands the value of sustainability and is committed to enhancing the prosperity of Australian horticulture.”

Previous winners and nominees have grown a wide range of produce including: leafy vegetables, brassicas, potatoes, onions, fruiting vegetables among many others.

“The 2018 Young Grower of the Year Award was awarded to Victorian mushroom producer Chris McLoghlin, an outstanding candidate who has subsequently gone on to build a respected profile in the horticulture community,” Nick said.

“Chris is the founder and director of The Organic Mushroom Farm which provides mushrooms to independent grocers and major retailers nationally. The Farm is the largest certified organic mushroom farming company in Australia.

“Mushrooms grown include: white button, cups, and field mushrooms as well as brown crimni, swiss brown cups, and portabella mushrooms.

“Chris has worked in fresh produce and grocery supply chains and distribution, has founded online retail and hospitality businesses, and consulted for and worked in several start-ups - both food and technology related.

“We look forward to supporting the next crop of outstanding young growers.”

For a glimpse at the high calibre of Young Growers in Australia, take a look at the previous nominees and the winner of last years’ award

The AUSVEG National Awards for Excellence recognise the outstanding contributions that individuals and companies make to the Australian industry. They will be presented throughout Hort Connections 2019, including at the renowned Hort Connections Gala Dinner.