District farmers take out top award
By ADAM CARROLL
A MALLANGANEE farmer has been judged to be the second-best farmer in the State.
Stuart Larsson was selected as the runner-up in the NSW Farmer of the Year competition at a gala awards dinner in Sydney.
The event, part of the NSW Farmers' Association annual conference, was held for 400 guests on Wednesday.
Stuart was recognised for his diversification into seeds and organic soybean production, and improved environment results through the use of compost produced on-farm.
He is a close friend and business associate of the man voted to be the 2007 Farmer of the Year. That honour went to Rob Sinnamon, who manages Yugilbar Station at Baryulgil.
Rob took out the award for his successful efforts in boosting the quality of the cattle breeding enterprise, establishing market opportunities, and implementing improved water and soil management.
Now in their fourth year, the annual awards celebrate excellence in farming and environmental management, and increase recognition of farming diversity and sustainability.
The Young Farmer title was a tie between husband and wife team, 33-year-old Ben Mannix, and his wife, Liarne, 30, of Bourke, NSW, and Stuart Blake, 27, of Walcha, NSW. Ben and Liarne diversified into goats and Dohne sheep to help cope with drought.