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Damien Manno from Quality Harvest AUSVEG selected Mr Manno for the award as recognition for his hard work, innovation, and dedication to excellence.
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Damien Manno from Quality Harvest AUSVEG selected Mr Manno for the award as recognition for his hard work, innovation, and dedication to excellence.

Young Grower of the Year 2022 Nominees

Meet the brightest young talent in the Australian Horticulture landscape.

Ruby Daly, Age 27, Business Manager, Marion Bay TAS

YGOTY 2022 1200 Ruby Daly
Business Daly Farms and Hellfire Bluff Distillery
Crop Focus Potatoes
Methods Conventional
Young Grower Challenges As young growers, we need to be resilient and adaptable to innovate and navigate constant changes, from cost increases and climate change to skilled worker shortages.
In 5 years I'll be: Still learning and finding new solutions to successfully take the farm forward for another generation.

Joshua Maunder, Age 32, Business Owner, Babinda QLD

YGOTY 2022 Joshua Maunder
Business Aus-Ex Fruit
Crop Focus Exotic Tropicals (Rambutan and Jackfruit) and Tree Crops
Methods High-density, semi supported on single espalier style trellis.
Young Grower Challenges Access to Finance. Access to affordable land. Enhanced Regulation. Access to Staff. Uncertainty in Global Economics. Changing weather patterns.
When and why did you get involved in agriculture? Approximately 2012. I was excited about the emerging Exotic Tropical Fruit Industry and the potential for diversification of Northern Australian Agriculture.

Nicole Stevens, Age 29, Farm Manager, Pinnaroo SA

YGOTY 2022 Nicole Stevens
Business The South Australian Potato Company
Crop Focus Potatoes
Methods Conventional & IPM
Young Grower Challenges Being accepted into the industry and sourcing good workers and mentors willing to pass on their knowledge. Costs of fertiliser and diesel.
In 5 years I'll be: Managing a large-scale horticulture property and keeping up to date with the latest technology, which has the potential to develop into growing practises.

Sam Boyce, Age 33, Orchard Operations Manager, Tatura VIC

YGOTY 2022 1200 Sam Boyce
Business MJ Hall & Sons
Crop Focus Apples, Pears and Plums
Methods IPM Friendly
Young Grower Challenges Finding seasonal staff, bringing more younger people into horticulture, changing orchards over from older styles to newer more productive growing styles.
In 5 years I'll be: I see myself still highly involved in horticulture. Implementing more technology into business. Empowering the new generation of growers to succeed in growing high quality produce.

Ross Pirrone, Age 32, Farm Manager, Ayr, QLD

Ross Pirrone, YGOTY Nominee 2022
Business Pirrone Brothers
Crop Focus Zucchini, Eggplant, Capsicum (Field Crops)
Lebanese Cucumber (Protected Cropping)
Methods Conventional, IPM, and Protected Cropping
Young Grower Challenges Finance, worker shortage.
In 5 years I'll be: Farming, just bigger.

Craig Dingle, Age 28, Agricultural director, Kalbar, QLD

Craig Dingle, YGOTY 2022 Nominee
Business Kalfresh
Crop Focus Kalfresh grows a mix of crops, conventionally and organically. In particular I am responsible for Carrots, Onions, Green Beans and Sweet Corn in the Scenic Rim, Lockyer Valley and Southern Downs regions.
Methods Conventional farming practices, focused on soil health.
Young Grower Challenges Rising agricultural land values and the difficulties associated with attracting people to horticulture as a career. Looking ahead, I believe ensuring access to a reliable casual labour force, managing the tightening margins throughout the supply chain, and maintaining a social licence to operate as being the major challenges we as young growers will have to deal with.
In 5 years I'll be: Continuing the expansion of our farming business and the development of a farming system that increases farm productivity whilst reducing inputs required.

As well as:

 

  • Ryan Marr, Marrbiz Pty Ltd, Trentham Cliffs, NSW
  • Marlon Motlop, The Native Co, Adelaide, SA
  • Carl Young, Redgold, Wemen, VIC
  • Michael and Jason Agosta, AAA Farms, Werribee South, VIC
  • Damien Manno, Quality Harvest, Kudla, SA (Winner)
YGOTY 2022 1200 Ruby Daly
Ruby Daly, 27-year-old Business Manager of Daly Farms and Hellfire Bluff Distillery in Tasmania, is one of the national award contenders.
YGOTY 2022 1200 Ruby Daly
Ruby Daly, 27-year-old Business Manager of Daly Farms and Hellfire Bluff Distillery in Tasmania, is one of the national award contenders.

As well as:

 

  • Ryan Marr, Marrbiz Pty Ltd, Trentham Cliffs, NSW
  • Marlon Motlop, The Native Co, Adelaide, SA
  • Carl Young, Redgold, Wemen, VIC
  • Michael and Jason Agosta, AAA Farms, Werribee South, VIC
  • Damien Manno, Quality Harvest, Kudla, SA (Winner)