Trailblazers in the Australian and New Zealand irrigation industry have an opportunity to showcase their innovative water management and environmental stewardship, and win a once in a lifetime trip to the US with the Zimmatic team.
The Zimmatic Trailblazer Sustainable Irrigation Awards, launched this month, recognises farmers leading the way in responsible irrigation, innovative water management and environmental stewardship.
The awards offer the Irrigation Trailblazer 2020 - the supreme award winner - a unique opportunity to join the Zimmatic team, key irrigation industry individuals and other farmers on a trip to the USA valued at approximately $9000, to learn about the latest in irrigation technology and advancements.
"We are focused on partnering with farmers and this award is an opportunity for us to help showcase the innovative farming operators who will influence future generations and play a role in strengthening our country's success story as global leaders in sustainable and profitable farming," Lindsay ANZ's James Craft said.
Zimmatic ANZ is pleased to announce Precision Agriculture Pty Ltd, Ag Logic Pty Ltd and the Society of Precision Agriculture Australia (SPAA) as partners in delivering this prestigious award.
Three applicants will be shortlisted in Australia and be visited by the judging panel of irrigation and industry professionals who will provide an in-depth review of the four categories judged.
"Shortlisted finalists will receive feedback that benchmarks them against other entrants and acknowledges where they are leading the way," Mr Craft said.
"The process will be based around fostering best practice."
Zimmatic's intention is for the awards to become an on-going event in the agricultural calendar.
The objective is to encourage conversations about practices and technology options for farmers to improve their irrigation and water management.
It is also about giving those farmers who are doing exceptional work a platform from which to share their stories with their peers and a wider audience.
Social media will be used to broaden the conversation about sustainable irrigation and water management and provide practical information for farmers.
"The process will help to illustrate the value of sustainable irrigation to our communities, environment and economy," Mr Craft said.
Apply for the award by May 18, or anyone who works with, or knows, a farmer who might be eligible is encouraged to nominate them by May 12.