15-17 June 2020 | Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

Awards

The 2020 National Awards for Excellence will be presented throughout Hort Connections 2020. The Awards for Excellence are a fantastic way to acknowledge and recognise the outstanding contributions of individuals and companies to the industry.

Grower of the Year
Awarded at Hort Connections Gala Dinner

Syngenta Grower of the Year winner (2019): Jason Shields – Plunkett Orchards

  • A fresh produce grower/business who is outstanding across all aspects of production, including; growing, environmental management, staff management and product quality.
  • A grower/business who is innovative, challenges convention and implements efficient practices (such as integrated pest management, minimising wastage, water conservation, precision agriculture, technology advances, and value-adding to product).
  • A grower/business who actively contributes to the broader industry (such as participating in international R&D tours, industry committees, forums, conferences or field days).
MOYA Marketer of the Year Award (#MOYA2020)
Awarded at Hort Connections Gala Dinner

MOYA Marketer of the Year winner (2019): Olivia Grey – Hort Innovation

  • The PMA Australia-New Zealand and Produce Plus Magazine Marketer of the Year Award is open to any individual or team who through a marketing campaign, has shown excellence in the marketing of fresh fruit, vegetables or flowers in Australia or New Zealand in the past year.
  • Nominees can come from any part of the value chain including seed companies, growers, packers, processors, shippers, importers and exporters, wholesalers and retailers, foodservice, government agencies, associated suppliers to the industry, and many more – any stakeholder from seed to shelf is eligible.
  • Self-nominations and nominations by third parties are welcome and must be received by 24 April 2020. Submit your entry here.
PMA A-NZ Tech Innovation Award
Awarded at Hort Connections Gala Dinner

The inaugural PMA Australia-New Zealand Tech Innovation Award is a celebration of businesses that have implemented technology focussed innovation in the Australia or New Zealand fresh produce sector.

Self-nominations and nominations by third parties are welcome. Nominations must include:
  • An outline of the technology focussed innovation (including its unique features)
  • What challenge(s) are being tackled by the innovation and how are they being addressed?
  • Evidence of the innovation’s success in addressing industry challenges and increasing consumption.
Nominations must be received by 24 April 2020. Submit your entry here.
Young Grower of the Year (35 years of age or less)
Awarded at Hort Connections Gala Dinner

Corteva Agriscience Young Grower of the Year winner (2019): Daniel Hoffmann – Farmate

  • A fresh produce grower who champions the success of the industry and shows a commitment to innovation, helping to define the next generations of growers.
  • A future leader who demonstrates a high level of commitment to the industry and helps to enrich the community in which they operate as well as working with external stakeholders to introduce new perspectives.
  • A grower who understands and practices sustainable practices and is committed to enhancing agriculture and the land.
Bayer Researcher of the Year
Awarded at Hort Connections Gala Dinner

Bayer Researcher of the Year winner (2019): Cherie Gambley – Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

  • A researcher who has a track record of research or extension work that has advanced the industry offering long-term industry benefits.
  • A researcher who actively communicates research outcomes and encourages uptake of outcomes on-farm.
  • A researcher who contributes research or extension work that advances the reputation of Australian science internationally.
Industry Impact Award
Awarded at Hort Connections Gala Dinner

VISY Industry Impact Award winner (2019): Darren & Mark Schreurs – Peter Schreurs and Sons

  • An individual or business that has invested in creating or has implemented a system of technology or business practice outside of the industry norm.
  • The technology or practice has resulted in a significant contribution to best farm practice or in cost savings through the value chain.
  • The technology or practice is not in common usage by industry and will provide a commercial and competitive advantage.
Industry Partner Award
Awarded at Hort Connections Gala Dinner

Innovation Partner Award winner (2019): Mark Pye – Zerella Fresh

  • A business that has developed an innovation directly benefiting growers through improving their productivity, for example through reducing costs or environmental impact.
  • The innovation has significantly contributed in a positive manner to industry.
  • The innovation has delivered tangible, measurable results.
Boomaroo Nurseries Women in Horticulture
Awarded at Hort Connections Gala Dinner

Boomaroo Nurseries Women in Horticulture winner (2019): Carmel Ingram – Bonaccord Ingram

  • A female industry member who has demonstrated outstanding ability and success in their chosen field, whether it is growing, research and development, farm management, or otherwise.
  • An individual who is pro-active and has shown commitment to achieving success in the industry.
  • An individual who has a reputation for mentoring women in horticulture.
Community Stewardship Award
Awarded at Hort Connections Gala Dinner

E.E. Muir & Sons Community Stewardship Award winner (2019): Foodbank Australia

  • An individual or business that is proactive in developing and/or implementing a system or program of safe storage and use of on-farm materials above and beyond industry standards.
  • An individual or business that engages in local or national community events/initiatives with the objective of developing wider industry.
  • An individual or business that demonstrates the responsible planning and management of resources, leading to beneficial environmental impacts.
Butler Market Gardens Environmental & Sustainability Award
Awarded at Hort Connections Gala Dinner

Butler Market Gardens Environmental Award winner (2019): Michael Evans – Mulgowie Farming Company

  • An individual or business who has demonstrated a commitment to implement sustainable farming practices on-farm or across the supply-chain.
  • An individual or business who has shown leadership in promoting sustainable practices within the industry.
  • An individual or business who has developed an innovative solution to meet an environmental challenge on-farm.
  • An individual or business who has shown leadership in promoting environmental issues in the local and wider community.
Exporter of the Year
Awarded at Hort Connections Gala Dinner

Exporter of the Year winner (2019): Harvest Moon

  • A vegetable or potato grower who has demonstrated a strong commitment to exporting.
  • An individual or business that has invested in building a sustainable export capability in their business.
  • An individual or business who has actively contributed to activities that will assist the industry to increase vegetable or potato exports.

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