Nominations are now open for the 2021 Spirit of Excellence in Agriculture Awards

The Agricultural Bureau of South Australia are seeking nominations for its 2021 Spirit of Excellence in Agriculture Awards.

The awards provide unique opportunities and financial support to motivated and bright young farmers and rural youth who will benefit from personal and professional development to support a successful career in their chosen field. 

Applications are currently open for:

·         The Sustainable Agriculture Scholarship sponsored by Department for Environment and Water (DEW) is an $8,000 grant for a farmer aged 18-40 to pursue further study, take a study tour or run a special project.

·         The Rural Youth Bursary sponsored by Department of Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) is a $5,000 grant for rural young people, not necessarily in primary production aged 18-30 working in a rural community to undertake further study in their chosen career with an ultimate benefit to their community.

The 2020 Sustainable Agriculture Scholarship winner was Eyre Peninsula’s Ellen Zibell who after conducting further research was able to share her knowledge on Resilient farming through her on farm event ‘Resilient Ag, for the future’. Among those attending were farmers from Kimba, Cowell, Wudinna, and children from the Kimba Area School.

The 2020 Rural Youth Bursary recipient Mat Maunder utilised the funds to study an Advanced Diploma in Horticultural Business which allowed him to expand his knowledge on improving the economic sustainability of a horticultural business, skills which he can apply on his citrus farm in the Riverland, and share with other members of the Ag Bureau in the area.

Applications for the 2021 Spirit of Excellence in Agriculture Awards deadline has been extended to 9am Monday, September 27th.

The 2021 awards will be presented at the Agricultural Bureau of SA’s annual Spirit of Excellence Awards Dinner at The Terrace Function Centre in Evanston on Friday 29th October 2021, please follow the link for Event details and to Register tickets.

To find out more and apply, visit or contact for any enquiries.

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