2019 Young Grower of the Year

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Meet the 2019 Corteva Young Grower of the Year Nominees

During Hort Connections 2018, Victorian mushroom producer Chris McLoghlin of The Organic Mushroom Farm (pictured) was presented with the Young Grower of the Year Award.

In 2019, a spring onion grower from South Australia, a mixed vegetable farmer from Tasmania and a production manager for carrots from Queensland are three of the young fruit and vegetable producers shortlisted for the prestigious 2019 Young Grower of the Year Award, proudly sponsored by Corteva Agriscience, the Agriculture Division of DowDuPoint.

Honouring young growers aged 35 and under, the Corteva Young Grower of the Year Award will be presented at 2019 National Awards for Excellence during Hort Connections in Melbourne next month.

The national award recognises the next generation of the Australian horticulture industry, specifically those who demonstrate a high level of commitment to innovation, and who have a track-record of dedication to their local community and the broader agriculture industry.

The shortlisted nominees for the 2019 Corteva Young Grower of the Year Award include:

Stephanie Corrigan, Corrigan Produce Farms, VIC

Anthony De Ieso, Thorndon Park Produce, SA

Luke DePaoli, D&S DePaoli Family Trust, QLD

Michael Evans, Mulgowie Farming Company, VIC

John Hearman, Hearman Ag Orchard and Nursery, WA

Daniel Hoffmann, Hoff Family Trust, SA

Daniel Jackson, Jackson Agriculture, QLD

Josh Langmaid, Langmaid Harvesting, TAS

Christopher Maisel, Maisel Ag Pty Ltd, QLD

Stephanie Tabone, Kalfresh , QLD

Carl Young, Redgold Pty Ltd, VIC


Meet the 2019 Young Grower of the Year Award Nominees

Meet the 2019 Young Grower of the Year Award Nominees

Get to know the future stars of the Australian horticulture industry

Anthony De Ieso Age 30, Adelaide, SA


Business Thorndon Park Produce
Expertise Growing vegetables!
Crop Focus Bunch Line vegetables
Methods Intense outdoor horticulture
  Commercial methods and others such as IPM

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Stephanie Tabone Age 23, Kalbar QLD


Business Kalfresh
Expertise Production Manager
Crop Focus Carrots

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Christopher Maisel Age 25, Dimbulah, QLD


Business Maisel Ag Pty Ltd (Trading as Rocky Top Farms)
Expertise Bachelor of Agribusiness and Applied sciences
Crop Focus Pawpaw/Papaya, Limes
Methods IPM, pulse irrigation, natural biological control
  and constant pest and dsease monitoring

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Daniel Jackson Age 35, Glasshouse Mountains/Beerwah, QLD


Business Jackson Agricultural Company
Expertise Grower
Crop Focus Custard Apples and Macadamias
Methods Hybrid of natural sequence farming and
  IPM adapted to horticulture

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John Hearman Age 33, Donnybrook, WA

John Hearman

Business Hearman, Ag Orchard and Nursery
Expertise Fruit grower and nurseryman
Crop Focus Large tonnage with high packout.Big trees for nursery.
Methods Conventional

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Josh Langmaid Age 31, Forth (Devonport), TAS

Josh Langmaid

Business Langmaid Harvesting
Expertise Horticulture, Contract harvesting (Grain/Seed crop)
Crop Focus Vegetables (Cauilflower, Beans, Peas, Potatoes,
  Poppies, Pyrethrum, Cabbage, Parsley, Carrot)
Methods Integrated Pest Management

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Michael Evans Age 35, Bairnsdale, VIC


Expertise                 Corn and beans
Crop Focus Tropical Fruits, Vegetable Production
Methods Finding alternate inputs to the conventional way.
  Utilising alternate nutritional sources. Improving soils

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Daniel Hoffman, Age 35, Penfield, SA

Daniel Hoffman

Business Hoff Family Trust
Expertise Plant nutrition and fertiliser. Pest and plant health management.
Crop Focus Tomatoes, capsicums, eggplant, cucumber, bunch lines
Methods IPM/Biodynamic
Current Focus Harvesting, planting, pest/disease management and irrigation

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Stephanie Corrigan Age 28, Clyde, VIC


Business Corrigan Produce Farms
Expertise Farming
Crop Focus Baby Cos, Celery, Kale, Leeks, Silverbeet, Celeriac, Pak Choy, Onions
Methods Integrated Pest Management
Favourite Beneficial Bug Lady Bugs - They're cute!

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Carl Young Age 29, Wemen, VIC


Business Redgold Pty Ltd
Expertise Co-ordination of cropping
Crop Focus Spinach and lettuce
Methods Farm with love
Favourite Beneficial Bug Lacewing