Nominations open for National Awards to recognise excellence within Australian horticulture industry


Nominations are open for the Australian horticulture industry’s most prestigious recognition, the National Awards for Excellence, which recognise outstanding contributions that individuals and companies make to the nation’s fruit, vegetable, nursery and cut floral sectors.

The annual awards, which will be presented on Wednesday 8 June 2022 during the Hort Connections 2022 Gala Dinner, cover a range of areas in horticulture, including recognising remarkable growers in multiple categories, as well as researchers, sustainability practices, innovative agribusinesses and the industry’s leading exporters. The Hort Connections Gala Dinner is sponsored by Costa Group.

There are 10 awards categories that will be presented as part of the National Awards for Excellence, including the highly coveted Syngenta Grower of the Year, Corteva Agriscience Young Grower of the Year and Boomaroo Nurseries Women in Horticulture awards.

“The National Awards for Excellence provide an opportunity for the industry to come together to recognise the outstanding accomplishments of our leading growers and industry members, and celebrate the exceptional work that our industry undertakes to keep Australia healthy and safe,” said AUSVEG National Marketing Manager Nathan McIntyre.

“These awards are a fantastic opportunity to recognise the passion and resilience shown by growers and others working within the vegetable, fruit, nut and flower growing industries, who work tirelessly behind the scenes in putting food on the table for Australian families.

“With many growers finding it increasingly difficult to find time away from their farms and their businesses, the Hort Connections Gala Dinner is the industry’s chance to come together and acknowledge the successes of its leading members and provide much-needed support to peers and colleagues who have faced significant challenges over the last two years.”

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