THE REGIONAL finalists for the 2016 round of the prestigious Syngenta Growth Awards are gearing up for the next round of the selection process.
The initial round of 57 nominees has been whittled down to regional finalists, with regional winners to be announced following further judging.
The 57 nominees, who come from areas as diverse as Carnavon in Western Australia through to Katikati in New Zealand, are involved in various areas of the agricultural industry.
Winners of the awards will get the opportunity to travel on a study tour to the United Kingdom and Europe next year.
The Growth Awards are run by Syngenta in partnership with Case IH and Fairfax Agricultural Media.
They aim to recognise leading agriculture professionals, highlighting their outstanding contributions to the industry across three award categories: Productivity; Sustainability; and Community and People.
Australasia territory head for Syngenta Paul Luxton said competition would be fierce this year, with a class field of nominees.
“We see outstanding nominees each year, and this year is no exception, he said.
“We’ve received an extremely high calibre of nominations from agriculture professionals who are all working to improve not only their own businesses, but the industry as a whole.”
“There’s a strong theme of giving back throughout the nominee list this year, with some dedicating their personal time to mentor the next generation.”
“We have also seen a number of entrants who are doing great work in researching, developing and implementing new productivity measures – both on farm and in business operations, as well as agronomists who go above and beyond to ensure the wellbeing of their clients.”
Currently, the awards are at the regional finalist stage with regional winners to be announced in late October.
Australasian winners will then be selected by an independent judging panel.
The winners will be announced at the Growth Awards gala dinner in Sydney on December 1.
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