Potato and vegetable growers have vied for the title of top producers as part of Simplot’s Annual Grower Awards.
Unlike other years, there was no special celebratory event due to COVID-19, but the Awards still remain an important recognition of growers and harvesters' outstanding achievements from across Tasmania.
“The awards, which have been in place since 1997, allow us to thank our growers and shine a spotlight on some of the young farmers coming up through the industry,” said Les Murdoch, General Manager Agricultural Services.
“We appreciate that our growers work really hard to produce quality potatoes and vegetables that we manufacture into products that all Australians enjoy. These Awards provide Simplot with the opportunity to acknowledge our best growers and harvesters from the Ulverstone, Scottsdale and Midlands areas."
The Simplot Grower Awards 2019/2020 went to:
Tasmanian Potato Harvest Contractor of the Year 2019: Ron Cannon
North West Potato Grower of the Year 2019: Piek P & Soward P
Scottsdale Potato Grower of the Year 2019: Cox BA & PR
Midlands Potato Grower of the Year 2019: Huett RG P/L
Seed Potato Grower of the Year 2019: Combes G & G
Most Improved Potato Grower of the Year 2019: Windy Hill Family Trust
North West Vegetable Grower of the Year 2019: Loane PA & RM
Midlands Vegetable Grower of the Year 2019: Mount View Enterprises
These awards also celebrate the Young Growers of the Year. Winners of this award gain entry into the Cultivating Rural Excellence Program to help them develop their own business and aims to provide them with the tools to prosper.
This year the Young Grower Awards went to:
Simplot Young Grower of the Year 2020 – Potatoes: Joel Rawlings
Simplot Young Grower of the Year 2020 – Vegetables: Simon Eastley
Simplot wishes to thank all its growers and congratulates this year’s winners!