Innovation is about more than big ideas. Innovation is about transformation. The Innovator category of the Growth Awards is new in 2020, and it couldn't have come at a more appropriate time, as the entire agri industry rethinks how it operates from the paddock all the way up the value chain.
This year has turned everything we know about work, product, access, supply chains and climate on its head. Innovators are those leaders at every level who don't just come up with ideas, they champion them, bring people along on the journey and in the end, change the industry for the better.
The new Innovator category of the Growth Awards recognises trailblazing growers, advisers and industry influencers who contribute to innovation in agriculture or apply game-changing technologies.
Meet the 2020 Innovator regional winners:
- Heath McWhirter from Summit Ag in NSW, who is connecting farmers and others in the ag sector through an ag focused communication platform he developed called Yacker.
- Sarah Nolet from AgThentic, an agtech strategy and advisory firm, and Tenacious Ventures, Australia's first dedicated agrifood tech venture capital firm.
- Tanya and Rob Kitto from WA who have developed a new commodity by taking lupins from the paddock to the plate as pulse flours and are about to launch on the export scene.