Young Agronomist of the Year Award 2017

Award and Entry Information.

Now in its third year, the ADAMA Young Agronomist of the Year Award recognises Australia’s top agronomists aged 30 and under.

The award has become established as a prestigious professional agronomy prize, and is hotly contested, not just for the professional recognition it brings but also for the prize of an overseas agronomy study tour it carries. More than 200 young agronomists have nominated for the award over the past two years.

The ADAMA Young Agronomist of the Year Award is the premier award of the ADAMA Young Achiever Awards Program. Through the program, ADAMA also sponsors the ADAMA Chris Lehmann Trust Young Cotton Achiever Award made annually in July as part of the Australian Cotton Industry Awards, and the ADAMA Longrenong Agricultural College Scholarship, awarded to a student of the college at the start of each school year.

Starting this year a new ADAMA Young Agronomist of the Year Rising Star Award will be awarded to the highest rated nominee aged 25 or under.
The Rising Star sub-category has been included this year to recognise and encourage young agronomists at the start of their agronomy career.

Together, the ADAMA Young Achiever Awards represent an investment in recognising, nurturing and supporting young people in the Australian agricultural workforce. At ADAMA we believe retaining young people and a skilled and innovative agricultural workforce is key to the future of Australian agriculture, and to our industry’s capacity to take advantage of coming innovations and to meet new challenges.

By supporting and encouraging young achievers, we believe we send a message to young people that you are valued and that we appreciate your energy, enthusiasm and the key role you play in agriculture in Australia.

Key Dates 2017

  • August 2017 - Nominations Open (Date subject to publication of Rural Business Magazine)
  • Midnight, 31 December 2017 - Nominations Close
  • Monday, 15 January 2018 - Award Questionnaire sent to all nominees
  • Midnight, 31 January 2018 - Deadline for submission of Award Questionnaire
  • February 2018 (Date subject to publication of Rural Business Magazine) - Top 10 Finalists announced in Rural Business Magazine
  • March 2018 (Date subject to publication of Rural Business Magazine) - Winner and Runners-Up Announced

Eligibility To Nominate

To be eligible for the ADAMA Young Agronomist of the Year Award you must:

  • Be aged 30 years or under on 1 August 2017, and
  • Have worked as an agronomist, consultant or advisor for a period during the 2017 calendar year.

To also be eligible for the ADAMA Young Agronomist of the Year Rising Star Award sub-category you must:

  • Be aged 25 or under on 1 August 2017, and
  • Have worked as an agronomist, consultant or advisor for a period during the 2017 calendar year.

To be clear, nominees eligible for the ADAMA Young Agronomist of the Year Rising Star Award remain eligible for the ADAMA Young Agronomist of the Year Award.

Award Structure

From this year, the Top 3 Finalists of the ADAMA Young Agronomist of the Year Award will be:

  • ADAMA Young Agronomist of the Year Award 2017 Winner (ADAMA Young Agronomist of the Year 2017)
  • ADAMA Young Agronomist of the Year Award 2017 Runner Up, and
  • ADAMA Young Agronomist of the Year Rising Star Award Winner (ADAMA Young Agronomist of the Year Rising Star).

In the event that an agronomist eligible for the ADAMA Young Agronomist of the Year Rising Star Award wins the ADAMA Young Agronomist of the Year Award or is runner up for the award, the third position in the award Top 3 will be awarded to the next placed agronomist eligible for the ADAMA Young Agronomist of the Year Award.

What You Could Win

Top 3 Finalists

Along with the professional recognition it brings, as a Top 3 Finalist for the ADAMA Young Agronomist of the Year Award you will win an overseas agronomy study tour. The destination for the study tour will be determined by mutual agreement of the Top 3 Finalists and ADAMA. The Top 3 Finalists will travel together for the Tour which will be scheduled in 2018 at a time mutually agreed by the Top 3 Finalists and ADAMA. You will be joined on the Tour by a Tour companion who is an ADAMA employee.

Top 10 Finalists

The Top 10 Finalists for the ADAMA Young Agronomist of the Year Award each win a GoPro Hero5 Black action video camera.

How to Nominate

There are three ways you can nominate to enter the award. You can:

  • Nominate yourself, or
  • Be nominated by somebody else (for example, a client, colleague, or senior agronomist), and accept the nomination, or
  • Accept an offer from ADAMA of a ‘fast-pass’ nomination (available if you finalised your entry for the award in 2016 by submitting an award questionnaire).

You must nominate by one of these three methods by close of the nomination period at midnight on 31 December 2017.

Nominee Profiles

Nominee profiles will be published in Rural Business magazine and through ADAMA Australia social media channels during the year. The profiles provide an opportunity to highlight some of Australia’s top young agronomists, and serve to promote the Award to young agronomists who might wish to nominate.

ADAMA will select the nominees to be profiled based on a number of considerations including the availability of the young agronomist for a professional photo for publication, a geographic spread of nominees, and a mix of agronomic specialties.

The publication of a nominee profile in no way indicates and should not be taken to indicate that the nominee is a likely finalist or in any way favoured for the Award.

Finalisation of Your Entry

To finalise your entry and be eligible for the ADAMA Young Agronomist of the Year Award or the ADAMA Young Agronomist of the Year Rising Star Award, you must submit a completed award questionnaire by midnight on 31 January 2018. (The questionnaire will be distributed to all nominees by email on Monday, 15 January 2018).

If you are a Top 10 Finalist for the award you will need to be available for interview by an award assessor by phone or in person during February 2018.

If you are a Top 10 Finalist you must agree to cooperate with any reasonable request by ADAMA that you participate in media or promotional activities associated with the Award. (For example, being available for a professional photograph; available for a media interview).

Assessment Process

The Award Questionnaire

The award questionnaire will consist of ten questions. You must answer each of the ten questions to finalise your entry.

The questionnaire will also seek information about your qualifications, employment and work as an agronomist.

The Top 10 finalists for the Award will be determined based on an assessment of submitted questionnaire answers.

Award Assessors

The Top 10 finalists will each be assessed by an award assessor during either a face-to-face or phone interview held during February 2018

Each of the assessors will be independent of ADAMA and have expertise in agronomy, agri-business or agriculture which is relevant to the award, and to the particular key crops or areas of agronomy in which the Top 10 finalists work.

The Top 3 Finalists will be determined based on consideration of the independent assessment.

Questions and Enquiries

If you have a question or wish to make an enquiry about the ADAMA Young Agronomist of the Year Award 2017, please contact:

                  Scott Harlum
                  ADAMA Australia
                  Phone: +61 2 9431 7812
                  Email: scott.harlum@adama.com