Bundaberg's Macadamia Farm Management has been named a finalist in the Queensland Farmers’ Federation's Reef Sediment Stewardship Champion Awards for its sustainable land management practices to improve water quality.
Through Growcom's Hort360 Reef Certification program, Macadamia Farm Management saw an opportunity to demonstrate how 41 of their orchards are eligible for Reef Certification.
As a result the company is now in the running for the Reef Champion Award, showcasing its commitment to demonstrate practices that minimise losses of pesticides, nutrients, run-off and importantly, sediment.
Managing director Scott Allcott said it was exciting to see the company and Growcom’s Hort360 program collaborating for better outcomes on the Reef and on-farm.
“Macadamia Farm Management works continuously to make practice changes for the benefit of our soils,” Mr Allcott said.
“This in turn helps the runoff and helps the reef. We believe in the future and feel that if we can help demonstrate the benefits by growing better yields, then we will be showing the stewardship skills our industry and community look up to.
“We have made multiple changes over the years which have been a win-win situation.”
The Reef Champion Awards are an initiative of the QFF with support from the Australian and Queensland governments.
They recognise and celebrate the achievements and efforts of outstanding individuals and organisations who have taken action to improve the quality of water entering the Great Barrier Reef.
The award winners will be announced at the Pullman Hotel Cairns on November 30.
For more information about these awards, visit Reef Champion Awards – Queensland Farmers' Federation.
About Macadamia Farm Management
Macadamia Farm Management was established in 1987 in response to an increasing demand for specialist, high-quality farm management services in the Macadamia industry.
The organisation provides whole-farm management services to a variety of different clients, ranging from first-time to established local and international investors, family-operated farms, and global conglomerates to develop new orchards and rejuvenate deteriorated orchards to optimise the profitability of their existing operations.