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The Rewards of Awards


   Saturday 25th May, 2019

A $15,000 scholarship to be part of an international agribusiness tour with KPMG that will provide unique insights into emerging technologies and a $10,000 TRAIL Leadership course with the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation are the two major prizes for the Food & Fibre Gippsland Agribusiness of the Year and the Commonwealth Bank Young Agribusiness of the Year in the 2019 Excellence in Agribusiness Awards.

A $15,000 scholarship to be part of an international agribusiness tour with KPMG that will provide unique insights into emerging technologies and a $10,000 TRAIL Leadership course with the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation are the two major prizes for the Food & Fibre Gippsland Agribusiness of the Year and the Commonwealth Bank Young Agribusiness of the Year in the 2019 Excellence in Agribusiness Awards.

On top of that, every category winner receives two tickets to Global Table Melbourne and the opportunity for their agribusiness to be showcased at the event in early September, hailed as a unique environment to make connections, capitalize on new advances and connect to the global food network.

The award categories include : Excellence in Service, Excellence in Workforce Capability, Excellence in Exporting, Excellence in Research and Development, Excellence in Food Manufacturing, Excellence in Innovation, Excellence in Sustainability and Excellence in Adaption to Change.

Attracting an impressive lineup of sponsors in its first year including KPMG, Commonwealth Bank, Agriculture Victoria, Baw Baw Shire Council, Dyers, Federation University, Latrobe City Council, Wellington Shire Council, National Australia Bank and Southern Rural Water, the awards program aims to recognise, celebrate and reward collaboration and innovation in agribusinesses across the region.

Food and Fibre Gippsland Interim CEO Dr. Nicola Watts says the benefits of entering the Excellence in Agribusiness Awards are twofold.

“For the finalists and the winners, this is great exposure for the achievements of their business – and at the same time, their inclusion is part of an important showcase that highlights the depth and variety of talent and business acumen across the region”

“It also gives owners and managers of Gippsland agribusinesses a platform where, as part of the entry process, they have to take detailed look at a number of aspects of their business. This can help them see their successes in a different light, and perhaps identify additional ways to maximise future profitability and productivity of their operations “she concluded.

With the broad range of categories reaching across all food & fibre sectors, the program is keen to receive entries from farm businesses that are shaping the future of Gippsland agribusiness through innovation and business practices
that maximise productivity and profitability.

Entrants answer a series of questions about their farm / agribusiness performance and provide some insight into their plans for the future, with entries to be judged by an independent high-calibre panel made up of business leaders with
a broad understanding of business management and the food and fibre sector.

Kate Gunn is the program coordinator and if entrants are unsure about any aspect of the process, they’re encouraged to reach out to Kate via email – kateg@wellington.vic.gov.au – and she’ll be happy to help and answer any questions.

Entry is an easy online process at https://www.foodandfibregippsland.com.au/events/excellence-in-agribusiness-awards - and entries close on June 14.