DAIRY, grain, eggs, sugar, wine and strawberries are just some of the industries represented by the finalists in the 2010 NAB Agribusiness Awards for Excellence.
The enormous diversity of Australian agriculture is represented this year, with finalists ranging from some of Australia's largest agribusiness and technology companies to boutique growers.
The 10 awards up for grabs this year recognise the excellence, innovation and leadership of companies and individuals working in the agribusiness, food, fibre and beverage sectors.
NAB general manager of agribusiness, Khan Horne, said NAB Agribusiness was proud to be associated with the prestigious awards for the fifth year.
"The NAB Agribusiness Awards for Excellence are a great way of recognising progress and achievements made in the industry," Mr Horne said.
"They applaud high profile individuals and businesses as well those who don't often get the limelight, but make equally important contributions to the national economy.
"This year's finalists feature exciting developments in new products, efficient farming methods and environmental sustainability," he said.
The awards are run by Monash University, Australia's largest university, in association with NAB Agribusiness, with the aim of highlighting the constant innovation and success throughout the agribusiness sector.
Dr Lawrie Dooley, Food and Agribusiness Programs Director at Monash University, said it is important to recognise the positive achievements being made in today's agricultural industry.
"Agriculture is moving forward at such a great speed. The high calibre of participants in this year's competition proves that these agricultural leaders continue to rise to meet the issues and challenges of the modern day economy, such as climate change and the global financial crisis," Dr Dooley said.
The winners will be announced at a gala dinner held in Melbourne on Thursday 28th October 2010 at The Crown Casino. To purchase tickets to this event please go to www.agribis.net