NAB Agribusiness excellence awards finalists named

27 Sep, 2012 10:52 AM

WITH three new categories this year, an incredibly diverse range of companies have been named as finalists for this year’s NAB Agribusiness Awards for Excellence.

The awards, run by Monash University Gippsland in association with NAB Agribusiness, recognise the achievements of individuals and businesses in nine key agribusiness areas, including the new categories of strategic growth, family farming and climate action, as well as innovation, primary production and leadership.

The winners will be announced at a gala dinner in Melbourne on November 1.


Agribusiness Leader of the Year Award (sponsored by NAB Agribusiness).

* Dr Andrew Crane, CBH Group (Fremantle, WA).

* David Lock, Craig Mostyn Group (West Perth, WA).

Primary Producer of the Year Award (NAB Agribusiness).

* Rennylea Pastoral Co (Bowna, NSW).

* Dobes Fresh Produce (Bowen, Qld).

Driving Strategic Growth Award (Grant Thornton).

* LGL Commodities Pty Ltd (Tamworth, NSW).

* Jonsson's Farm Market (Evelyn Central, Qld).

* Certified Australian Angus Beef Pty Ltd (Gordon, NSW).

* Australian Fresh Leaf Herbs (Clyde, Vic).

Employer of Choice Award (Rimfire Resources).

* Kubota Tractor Australia (Truganina, Vic).

* Macquarie Agricultural Funds Management (Sydney, NSW).

Environment, Energy and Climate Action Award (Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry).

* The Yalumba Wine Co (Angaston, SA).

* St Hallett Wines (Tanunda, SA).

* Jaques Australian Coffee (Mareeba, Qld).

Export Award (Monash University Gippsland

* Walnuts Australia (Devonport, Tas).

* Fonterra Australia (Mount Waverly, Vic).

* Field Fresh Tasmania (Forth, Tas).

* Nolan Meats (Gympie, Qld).

Family Farm Enterprise Award (Stock & Land).

* Jonsson's Farm Market (Evelyn Central, Qld).

* Rennylea Pastoral Company (Bowna, NSW).

* Dobes Fresh Produce (Bowen, Qld).

* Eastfield (Cressy, Tas).

Innovation in New and Emerging Industries Award (RIRDC).

* Bridestowe Estate (Blumont, Tas).

* Eli Innovations (Warragul, Vic).

* Treasure Group (Lindenow, Vic).

Technology and Innovation Award (Ag Institute Australia).

* PA Source Pty Ltd (Cobram, Vic).

* Pfizer Animal Health (West Ryde, NSW).

Pro Vice-Chancellor of Monash University Gippsland, Professor Helen Bartlett, said this year's finalists were framed by resilience, responsiveness and creativity.

"Once again, Australia's agribusiness sector has shown its ability to not only address, but overcome the challenges we've seen at home and abroad.

"Our 2012 finalists have demonstrated innovation and creativity in seizing and maximising the opportunities presented to them.

“Agribusiness remains a critical component of Australia's economy, and we congratulate those in the industry who are working to ensure its continuing success,” Professor Bartlett said.

Khan Horne, NAB’s general manager of agribusiness, said this year’s finalists demonstrate the breadth of skill and diversity that makes Australian agribusiness so exciting.

“Innovation and leadership underpin the success of our industry, and that’s what these Awards really celebrate.

“This year the mix of finalists ranges from family businesses through to large companies, covering everything from primary production to value adding.

“It’s important that the industry celebrates its successes and I congratulate all this year’s finalists. As usual, the calibre is extremely high,” Mr Horne said.

For more information about the NAB Agribusiness Awards for Excellence go to



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