New award recognises excellence in irrigation

New award recognises excellence in irrigation

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Trailblazers in the Australian and New Zealand irrigation industry have an opportunity to showcase their innovative water management and environmental stewardship, and win one of six great prize packs plus the supreme winner will win a once in a lifetime trip to the US.

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Trailblazers in the Australian and New Zealand irrigation industry have an opportunity to showcase their innovative water management and environmental stewardship, and win one of six great prize packs plus the supreme winner will win a once in a lifetime trip to the US.

Farmers in Victoria and across Australia are encouraged to enter the Zimmatic Trailblazer Sustainable Irrigation Awards launched in March, which recognise farmers leading the way in responsible irrigation, innovative water management and environmental stewardship.

The awards will offer the Irrigation Trailblazer 2020 - a supreme award winner - a unique opportunity to join the Zimmatic team, key irrigation industry individuals and other farmers on a trip to the USA valued at approximately AUD$9,000, to learn about the latest in irrigation technology and advancements.

"We are focused on partnering with farmers and this award is an opportunity for us to help showcase the innovative farming operators who will influence future generations and play a role in strengthening our country's success story as global leaders in sustainable and profitable farming", James Craft of Lindsay ANZ said.

"Whether it's growing pastures for dairy; broadacre cropping or horticulture, many farmers have found that site-specific irrigation and precision techniques are helping to maximise returns and water efficiency.

"We encourage those forward-thinking growers who are taking every opportunity to farm sustainably and adopt new ways to manage water, to nominate for this important award."

Zimmatic ANZ is very pleased to announce that that Precision Agriculture Pty Ltd, Ag Logic Pty Ltd and the Society of Precision Agriculture Australia (SPAA) are partners in delivering this prestigious award.

Three applicants will be shortlisted in Australia and be visited by the judging panel of irrigation and industry professionals who will provide an in-depth review of the four categories judged.

"These shortlisted finalists will receive additional feedback that benchmarks them against other entrants and acknowledges where they are leading the way, Mr Craft said.

"So, the process itself will be based around fostering best practice."

Zimmatic's intention is for the awards to become an on-going event in the agricultural calendar. The objective is to encourage conversations about practices and technology options for farmers to improve their irrigation and water management.

It's also about giving those farmers who are doing exceptional work a platform from which to share their stories with their peers and a wider audience.

Social media around the awards will be used to broaden the conversation about sustainable irrigation and water management and provide practical information for farmers.

"We believe the process will help to illustrate the value of sustainable irrigation to our communities, environment and economy.

"What the judges are looking for is innovation in water management, steps taken to ensure sustainable water use on farm, and an obvious passion for protecting one of our most precious natural resources," Mr Craft said.

Farmers are encouraged to apply for the award by May 18 when applications close.

Anyone who works with, or knows, a farmer who might be eligible is also encouraged to nominate them by May 12.

For more information and application forms visit www.irrigationtrailblazer.com

Lindsay Corporation is a leading global manufacturer and distributor of irrigation equipment and technology, and Zimmatic is part of its family of brands, including Zimmatic® center pivot and lateral move agricultural irrigation systems and FieldNET® remote irrigation management and FieldNET® Advisor irrigation scheduling technology.

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