Australian Farmer of the Year 2018: Huon Aquaculture
For the first time in the award’s history, a salmon farmer has taken out the Australian Farmer of the Year award.
Huon Aquaculture founders Frances and Peter Bender have become the first fish farmers to take out the Australian Farmer of the Year award.
On receiving the accolade Mrs Bender said it was a moment of national recognition for the often controversial industry.
The Benders started fish farming in the 1980s and now farm six million fish producing 25,000 tonnes of product annually.
They employ 605 staff with an annual turnover of $318 million.
The Benders were an example of how, despite the diversity of the Australian agricultural industry, the characteristics of an outstanding farmer remain the same.
Successful farmers are those who think innovatively about their enterprise and when faced with a challenge meet it head on.
The Benders have demonstrated their farming excellence through their ability to operate a thriving and dynamic farming enterprise built on a thorough understanding of their stock, their sector, their staff and their region.
The Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association said the Benders were stalwarts of the Tasmanian seafood industry and it was fitting to see their dedication rewarded.