Innovative farmers sought for award

04:12, Jul 22 2014

Time is running out for farmers to enter the Lincoln University Foundation South Island Farmer of the Year Award for 2014.

Nominations and entries for the competition close on August 1.

With a top prize of a $20,000 travel grant and four special-category prizes of $5000 each, all entries that make the finals stand a good chance of walking away with a substantial reward.

There is also the additional benefit of a free and independent assessment of their business as part of the judging process.

Lincoln University Foundation Trust board chairman Ben Todhunter said one of the attractions of the competition was that size did not matter and was not one of the criteria for judging.

"We're looking for leadership, innovation and entrepreneurship.

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"These can be found equally in a small family-owned farm business as within a large commercial agricultural entity," he said.

Todhunter said entries could be made directly by farmers or by others nominating them.

The foundation was particularly keen to receive nominations or entries from innovative farmers at the beginning of their careers.

"We want to reward those who have just started this journey, as well as showcase people who have already made it," Todhunter said.

Winners of the South Island Farmer of the Year competition receive a $20,000 travel grant to go overseas to look at other farming practices, examine new technologies and innovations and enhance their farm business.

For more information visit lincolnuniversityfoundation.org.nz.

The Southland Times