Fish farmers win Farmer of the Year Awards

For the first time in the Award’s history, aquatic fish farmers claimed the Australian Farmer of the Year Awards in Canberra this week.

Peter and Frances Bender from Huon Aquaculture in Hobart, Tasmania, were ecstatic to receive the award as a recognition of their efforts as farmers “not fishers” and the celebration of the diversity of Australian farming.

The Benders started fish farming in the 1980s and now produce more than 25,000 tonnes of product a year and employ more than 605 staff.

“We share all the same issues that farmers have.

“Like all farmers we are custodians of the land and our stock, we’re innovative and we control the process from egg to plate,” Ms Bender said.

Young Farmer of the Year Award

Australia’s 2018 Young farmer of the Year was awarded to Christopher McLoghlin, the founder of Mycella Organics, a mushroom farming and supplier enterprise.

The 33-year-old diverted from his career as an investment banker and started a business growing mushrooms at Diggers Rest, near Melbourne Victoria.

His innovative approach to farming also won Mr McLoghlin the 2018 Farmer of the Year Excellence in Technology award.

Other winners on the day included, Farming Legend of the Year, Raymond Harrington from WA, Rural Community Leader of the Year, Lorraine Gordon from NSW and Rural Consultant of the Year, Tim Neale from Queensland.



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