Young farmer ploughs into finals
THE son of a long-time Murwillumbah farming family has been named as one of two finalists in this year’s NSW Young Farmer of the Year award.
Angus Stainlay, who runs a cane farm and grazes cattle on the outskirts of Murwillumbah, was this week named by NSW Primary Industries Minister Steve Whan as one of the finalists in the award which could win him $5000.
The award is run in conjunction with the NSW Farmers Association.
Mr Stainlay has been pitted against a fish farmer, also from the North Coast for the title of young farmer of the year.
The other finalist is Andrew Carroll who farms Mulloway on Palmers Island at the mouth of the Clarence River near Yamba.
Mr Whan said the judges faced the difficult task of selecting finalists from an extremely competitive and diverse field in the Young Farmer and Farmer of the Year categories.
Finalists for farmer of the year include Pepe Bonaccardo who runs a duck farm at Windsor, in North Western Sydney, Philip Lynn who farms organic cattle, soybeans, spelt wheat and goats at Glen Innes in the Northern Tablelands and Ridley Bell, a blueberry producer from Wollongbar east of Lismore.
“You can see from our finalists that an extraordinary variety of farming enterprises are represented,” Mr Whan said.
“Despite this, all of our finalists share a strong commitment to achieving profitability and sustainability.”
NSW Farmers’ Association president Charles Armstrong said the finalists were selected for their ability to demonstrate innovation, business management and involvement in their industry and communities.
“One of our challenges is to select farmers who are not only demonstrating excellence in agricultural production, but who are also sharing this knowledge with others and acting as leaders in their fields,” Mr Armstrong said.
The award winners are to be announced at the NSW Farmers’ Association Annual Conference dinner on Wednesday, July 21.
The farmer of the year is to be awarded $10,000, while the young farmer of the year receives $5000.
NSW Young Farmer of the Year will win $5000