Nominations for the 2021 New Zealand Groundspread Fertilisers Association (NZGFA) Awards, the only agricultural awards specifically designed for the groundspreading industry, are now open.
In their third year, the four awards – the President’s Award, the Innovation Award, the Health & Safety Award and the Young Achiever’s Award – recognise and celebrate the people behind the spreader trucks and the hard work they put in.
In what can often be a solitary profession, these industry awards help bring our people together, explains John Schultz, NZGFA President. “They encourage us all to consider and applaud the efforts that others make – the innovations, the achievements and all the critical thinking that goes on.
“These awards also promote awareness and understanding of the importance of the groundspreading profession within the wider agricultural industry. After all, food production in New Zealand starts with ensuring that the right nutrients are spread accurately, evenly and only in the right places. It’s a highly skilled job and we are proud to do it.”
Spreader truck operators undergo significant training. They use finely calibrated machines, sophisticated equipment and GPS tracking software so customers can receive accurate data that shows proof of placement. Where groundspreaders are certified to the industry standard – Spreadmark – farmers, growers and regional councils can be assured that all environmental responsibilities around nutrient spreading will be taken care of.
Nominations for the 2020 NZGFA Awards close on Friday 16April 2021. Nomination forms, award criteria and terms and conditions are available at www.nzgfa.co.nz/awards. All category finalists will be invited to attend a gala dinner at the NZGFA’s 64th annual conference at The Hermitage Hotel, Mount Cook, on Tuesday 29June 2021.