Nominations now open for Ag Town of the Year Award

Think your town is an example of an outstanding agricultural community? Nominations for the inaugural South Australian Agricultural Town of the Year Award have now opened.

The new award will form a part of Brand South Australia’s 2019 Regional Showcase program and aims to highlight the vital role agriculture and other primary industries play in regional communities.

Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Tim Whetstone is encouraging regional communities to get behind the award and nominate their town.

“The South Australian Agricultural Town of the Year Award is all about recognising and celebrating the role agriculture and other primary industries such as forestry and fisheries play in the economic and social fabric of our regional communities, and the innovation and diversity that come from these towns,” he says.

Town nominations close on February 15, 2019. An independent panel will assess the nominations before selecting the top five towns to be profiled here on Brand SA News.

The five stories will be published from April through to August and will also be shared across social media networks.

“We want to uncover and share stories of excellence in activities that have the underpinning goal of growing and promoting primary industries and driving regional development,” Mr Whetstone says.

Every year Brand SA News brings you a collection of Regional Showcase stories that share the tales of success of regional businesses, individuals and community groups going above and beyond in their region. With the separate Ag Town of the Year stories, we’ll be shining the spotlight on entire towns that are excelling in agricultural practices.

Brand South Australia CEO Karen Raffen welcomes the new addition to the Regional Showcase program.

“The Regional Showcase shares stories of regional success across our channels to demonstrate to the world how fantastic regional SA is and the Agricultural Town of the Year Award adds a new element to this,” she says.

“We’ll be delving deeper into the stories of entire towns that are excelling in their primary industries practices, and the impact this has on their communities and around the state.”

To access the award guidelines or to nominate, click here.

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New state award to recognise top agricultural towns

A new South Australian award announced today will help showcase regional towns that are supporting and promoting the agricultural industry.

The SA Ag Town of the Year Award was announced on National Ag Day (November 21) by Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Tim Whetstone during a visit to the Mid North.

The award will form a part of Brand South Australia’s 2019 Regional Showcase Program, which tells stories of success here on Brand SA News, highlighting the achievements of regional businesses, groups and individuals.

Local towns flying the flag for primary industries will be eligible for the new award, which highlights the vital role agriculture plays in regional communities. Guidelines for the SA Ag Town of the Year Award will be released in the near future.

Minister Whetstone says the new award is a unique way to acknowledge farming communities for diversity and innovation and to celebrate agriculture as a part of their social fabric.

“We want to acknowledge the positive impact agriculture has on regional towns and the flow on effect this has on a township, on community members and on the state as a whole,” he says.

“The Ag Town of the Year Award will also highlight how our communities can learn from each other and will enable them to grow.”

Minister Whetstone says primary industries generated $22.5 billion in the agriculture, food, wine and forestry sectors in 2016/17.

In addition to National Ag Day, today is also World Fisheries Day, highlighting the critical importance of global fisheries and ensuring sustainable stocks and healthy ocean ecosystems.

Join in and Thank A Farmer by using the hashtags #ThankafarmerSA, #ThanksafisherSA, #AgDayAU, #ichoosesa and #EatLocalSA on social media.

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