Victorian Awards for Excellence












AUSVEG VIC and E.E. Muir & Sons Awards for Excellence Dinner

The AUSVEG VIC Awards for Excellence event shines the spotlight on some of the highest achieving Victorian vegetable growers in the industry.

The event offers a chance for the Victorian vegetable and potato value chain to come together every year to develop new and strengthen existing connections. The growers and industry members who are nominated provide a snapshot of the amazing achievements of Victoria’s vegetable industry.

AUSVEG VIC will be awarding six awards on the night and we need industry to nominate those deserving of recognition during what’s been a turbulent 12 months.



Date & Time: 7 May, 2022 | 7:00pm – 11:00pm

E.E. MUIR & SONS GROWER OF THE YEAR AWARD

Nomination criteria:

A vegetable or potato grower that is outstanding across all aspects of vegetable production, including growing, environmental management, staff management and product quality.

A grower that is innovative, challenges convention and implements efficient practices (such as integrated pest management, minimising wastage, water conservation, precision agriculture, technology advances, and value-adding to product).

A grower who actively contributes to the broader industry (such as participating in international R&D tours, industry committees, forums, conferences or field days).

VISY YOUNG GROWER OF THE YEAR AWARD

Nomination criteria:

A vegetable or potato grower under the age of 40, who shows excellent business acumen and innovation and has applied it on-farm and in the wider farming community when practicable.

A grower that demonstrates a high level of commitment to the industry, possibly illustrated through involvement in off-farm activities, participation as a member of industry groups/ committees or in community activities (such as Landcare).

BOOMAROO NURSERIES WOMEN IN HORTICULTURE AWARD

Nomination criteria:

A female industry member that has demonstrated outstanding ability and success in their chosen field, whether it is growing, research and development, farm management, or otherwise.

An individual that is pro-active and has shown commitment to achieving success in the industry.

An individual that has a reputation for mentoring women in horticulture.

BUTLER MARKET GARDENS ENVIRONMENTAL & SUSTAINABILITY AWARD

Nomination criteria:

An individual who has demonstrated a commitment to implement sustainable farming practices on-farm.

An individual who has developed an innovative solution to meet an environmental challenge on-farm.

An individual who has shown leadership in promoting environmental issues in the local and wider community.

VEGNET VICTORIA R&D ADOPTION AND INDUSTRY IMPACT AWARD

Nomination criteria:

A vegetable grower who has demonstrated a commitment to industry funded research and development (R&D) projects.

A grower who has hosted field trials, demonstration sites or events or contributed to a Project Reference Group for the benefit of the broader vegetable industry.

A grower who has changed practice or adopted new technology on- farm because of being involved in a levy funded R&D project.

An individual or business that has invested in creating or has implemented a system of technology or business practice outside of the industry norm.

The technology or practice has resulted in a significant contribution to best farm practice or in cost savings through the value chain.

A grower who is perceived by the industry and their peers as a leader and influencer to improve the productivity, profitability and sustainability of the vegetable industry beyond their individual business.

ELDERS COMMUNITY STEWARDSHIP AWARD

Nomination criteria:

An individual or business that is proactive in developing and/or implementing a system or program of safe storage and use of on-farm materials above and beyond industry standards.

An individual or business that engages in local or national community events/ initiatives with the objective of developing the wider industry.

An individual or business that demonstrates the responsible planning and management of resources, leading to beneficial environmental impacts.