Farm inventors, backyard tinkerers and students will display their innovative ideas at the Agri-Innovators site at the 2016 Henty Machinery Field Days.
The entries had to meet the criteria of having 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.
This year’s inaugural entries range from a hand tool to a slip-on fencing tray and automated bale feeder from farmers in north east Victoria, southern NSW and the NSW southern tablelands.
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.
Mrs Anderson said Agri-Innovators was aimed at 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.
“This year’s entrants will receive exposure to the agricultural market place and the opportunity to network with potential manufacturers.’’