Bayer CropScience joined the Queensland Strawberry Association to celebrate the launch of the strawberry season at the 2014 Annual Strawberry Conference Dinner on the Sunshine Coast earlier this month.
At the event 245 growers, agents, associates, suppliers and industry figures celebrated the third Annual Industry Awards. During the event six Queensland strawberry growers, one DAFF employee and one agronomist from a rural supplier were awarded for their excellence in the field.
Ben Carville, agronomist for Suncoast Rural in Wamuran, Queensland, won the Strawberry Industry Services Award for his service and advice given to strawberry growers, voted for by growers.
“I was thrilled to receive the award for the crop protection and nutrition advice I provide to growers throughout the strawberry season. I enjoy monitoring strawberry crops and providing nutrition programmes based on tissue, soil and water tests, it is nice to be recognised for my work,” Ben said.
Queensland Strawberries Grower’s Association President, Luigi Coco, said, “This year’s event was a great success, attendees were able to network, develop relationships and celebrate the outstanding achievements of their colleagues in the field”.
Lore Saupp-Saunders, Territory Sales Manager for Bayer CropScience in the Sunshine Coast, Wide Bay Area and Burnett Region, attended the event and said, “On behalf of Bayer we would like to congratulate Ben and the other award winners. We’re proud to provide ongoing support to the industry and provide Flint®, Scala® and Teldor® fungicides to help growers’ success in the season ahead.”
The Queensland strawberry industry is worth approximately $150 million to the Queensland economy, producing more than 60 million punnets of strawberries each year.
The Queensland Strawberry Growers Association Annual Strawberry Dinner and Awards night was held at the Sunshine Coast Function Centre on the Sunshine Coast on Friday, 2nd May 2014.
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