Josh Langmaid Age 31, Forth (Devonport), TAS

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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

What's your current focus on the farm?
Planting, Ground preparation

What’s your favourite beneficial bug? And why?
Ladybug. Eats the aphids etc, and is the best looking.

How do you feel about being nominated for the Young Grower of the Year award?
Surprised. I’d only heard of the award a few times. I never expected to be nominated.

Why do you think it is important to honour young growers?
The young growers are the people to improve agriculture. Taking the knowledge from the previous and implementing the newer ideas.

What are some of the major challengers for young growers?
Niche markets. Margins are tight on standard growing. You either need to make standard practice more efficient, or find a new or niche market you excel in.