Sandra and Peter Young, owners of Birdwood Nursery Fruit Trees, Queensland’s leading tropical and subtropical fruit production nursery, are the 2011 Biosecurity Farmer of the Year winners in the plant category.

The Young’s were presented with the award at a gala dinner in Sydney on Wednesday, September 7.

The honour was part of Kondinin Group and ABC Rural’s Australian Farmer Year of the Awards, proudly sponsored by Plant Health Australia as part of the Farm Biosecurity initiative.

Producing more than 150,000 trees annually, the Young’s say biosecurity has been at the forefront of all production processes in the business.

Birdwood helped pioneer a nursery industry accreditation scheme and in 2006 became one of the first nurseries to achieve EcoHort certification.

The aim of the production nursery biosecurity system is to maintain the production site and nursery stock free of unwanted pest, disease and weed threats by prevention, early detection and planned, managed responses, which maintain the biosecurity integrity of the business.

By implementing BioSecureHACCP, a whole-farm, systems approach to farm Biosecurity BNFT has certification which assists in assessing its current and future biosecurity risks at all stages of crop production – and mitigates them by identifying and managing critical control points (CCP) throughout the production process.

Plant Health Australia spokesperson Sharyn Taylor said Sandra and Peter are very deserving of the award for their holistic approach to biosecurity at their nursery, covering all Farm Biosecurity best practice recommendations.

“I admire their determination to supply Australia’s fruit growers with good quality, healthy trees,” Ms Taylor said.

The national Australian Farmer of the Year Award supported by Plant Health Australia and Animal Health Australia, promotes a positive image of farmers, inspires and encourages career choices and investment interest in Australian agriculture.

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