Honour to fine farm
WITH some of the country's greatest minds in horticulture among more than 1000 delegates, one Lockyer Valley farmer's achievements shone through at the 2013 AUSVEG National Convention on the weekend.
During the AUSVEG convention's National Awards for Excellence Gala Dinner on Saturday night, Rugby Farm director Matt Hood was awarded the prestigious Syngenta Grower of the Year award.
Humbled by the award, Mr Hood said although an individual accolade, the award recognised the hard work and commitment from all staff at Rugby Farm.
"There was a pretty high calibre of growers there," Mr Hood said.
"We try and shy away from the spotlight, but getting recognition from peers and the industry is always a good feeling.
"It's quite something for the business to be recognised in that way.
"And it's certainly nice for the Lockyer Valley as well.
"We're a family business with a large team of dedicated and loyal staff with whom Rugby Farm wouldn't be what it is today without them."
Mr Hood said the AUSVEG convention had a vast array of information and was an eye opener on the advancements in the horticulture industry.
"The conference has just gone from strength to strength each year," he said.
"One of the big advantages is with the networking.
"You have all your major chemical, fertiliser, irrigation and various other suppliers there so it's a great chance to catch up and network with them.
"Where else do you get the opportunity to catch up with 600-700 vegie growers too?"