Agri-Innovators award back by popular demand at 2016 field days

March 7, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-03-07 at 4.47.31 PMFarm inventors, backyard tinkerers and students are being sought to display their innovative ideas at the Agri-Innovators site at the 2016 Henty Machinery Field Days.

HMFD chief executive officer Belinda Anderson said the decision to renew the farm innovation concept was made after inventors were left disappointed with the demise of the NSW Farm Inventor of the Year Awards.

A perennial favourite with the Henty Machinery Field Days visitors, the awards had provided the launching pad for scores of backyard tinkerers, budding entrepreneurs and enterprising visionaries.

The NSW Farm Inventor of the Year took on a changed format in 2014, but folded in 2015 bringing 51 years of history to a close.

Event organiser Guy Rowland said the competition had highlighted everything from the latest technical and commercial developments through to product releases.

Mrs Anderson said the Agri-Innovators site was open to tertiary and university students, farmers, backyard tinkerers and innovators.

“Entries can be any agribusiness invention, ranging from a mobile phone app or computer software program to the largest tillage machinery,’’ she said.

“There will be a small entry fee to cover ticket costs but entrants will receive a listing in the official guide, exposure to the agricultural market place, and the opportunity to network with potential manufacturers.

“The entries must have a practical on-farm application, be based on an original idea of the entrant and not be in full scale production at the time entry.’’

Entries close on June 30, 2016, with this year’s field days scheduled for September 20-22.

For details contact the HMFD office on 02 6929 3305 or email