Ian Baker Award for Outstanding Contribution to Agriculture

The Ian Baker Award for Outstanding Contribution to Agriculture is awarded to one noteworthy recipient every two years at the North Australia Food Futures Conference.

The award honors individuals who have played a significant role in fostering the development of the northern Australian agricultural industry. A panel of industry representatives will search for one winner who reflects the values of the award.

The panel will closely consider individuals who have demonstrated the following experience and qualities:

  • Provides leadership to the agricultural sector
  • Encourages and supports the next generation of leaders
  • Facilitates research and innovation in the sector
  • Delivers effective extension to industry
  • Actively supports the growth of the industry
  • Demonstrates commitment to northern Australia

The NT Farmers led panel will search for candidates across northern Western Australia, Queensland and the NT. Preference will be given to individuals who have worked across and supported a wide range of commodity groups within the agricultural sector. The award is open to individuals of all ages.

The winner will be presented with the award on the 24th of May 2023 at the Darwin Convention Center as part of the Food Futures gala dinner. The award is named in honour of the immense impact Mr Ian Baker has had on the agricultural industry in the north, specifically the Northern Territory.

Mr Baker has spent over 3 decades actively building and supporting the Territory’s agriculture industry. In his role within the NT Government Department of Primary Industries and in his capacity in industry associations, he was instrumental in growing the industry into what it is today.

Throughout his time in the public and private sector, Mr Baker played a critical role in connecting industry with information and resources to grow and develop agriculture in the NT. For the industry, he was the go-to person to assist and guide farmers and Agri-investors in the region.

NT Farmers are currently accepting nominations until the 1st of May.

For more information contact:
Iain Forrest
NT Farmers Association

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