The Federated Farmers 2011 National Conference, being held from June 29 to July 1, will celebrate success and congratulate agriculture's leaders with the Federation holding its third annual awards evening.
Taking place on Thursday, June 30 from 6.30pm at the Distinction Hotel in Rotorua, this gala evening will celebrate the success of the agriculture industry and the people who help make it so.
The annual awards are designed to celebrate and promote excellence in all aspects of farming, says Federated Farmers Chief Executive, Conor English.
"Federated Farmers has a real passion for success in the agricultural sector and we want to ensure those with exceptional talent and leadership skills are celebrated and recognised for their work.
"Some of New Zealand's brightest minds are already active here and it's about inspiring our people to keep pushing the industry forward.
"This success-first mentality has grown our world class agricultural sector over the past 50 years, making it the example that other countries attempt to copy.
"These awards are also an important chance to showcase farming's talented individuals to the wider community at large and to younger farmers or those looking to get in to farming.
"Agriculture is a complex and challenging business environment to operate in. It's important we continue to nurture this talent. There are just some fantastic people in agriculture," Mr English concluded.
Winners everywhere
Agriculture's 'awards season' kicks off over the next eight weeks. By the time you read this, the 2011 New Zealand Dairy Industry Award winners would have been announced in Queenstown.
Formed in 2006, the NZDIA combined Federated Farmers Sharemilker of the Year, the Fonterra Westpac Dairy Excellence Awards and the Dairy Farmers of New Zealand (now Federated Farmers Dairy) Dairy Trainee of the Year.
The Farm Manager of the Year category was added in 2003. Less than a week later, on May 20, the Rural Women New Zealand Enterprising Rural Women Supreme Award will be unveiled in Auckland.
Meanwhile, the 2011 Ahuwhenua Trophy BNZ Māori Excellence in Farming will celebrate the very best in Māori sheep and beef farming on June 3 in Rotorua.
Then on June 25, a few days before Federated Farmers National Conference, the Ballance Farm Environment Award National winner will be announced at its sustainability showcase in Hastings.