About the program
Introduced as a new award in 2019, the Agricultural Town of the Year award recognises South Australian towns that are excelling in agricultural practices and the flow on effect they have on communities.
The award highlights the vital role that agriculture plays in the regional landscape – being the backbone of most regional communities.
The program endeavors to provide an avenue where communities can learn from one another which will play a role in building capacity and increasing growth in regional South Australia.
The Agricultural Town of the Year Award, proudly presented by the Department of Primary Industries and Regions (PIRSA) and Solstice Media, highlights the vital role that agriculture plays in the regional landscape – being the backbone of most regional communities.
This year the program received 70 town nominations and over 5,000 votes to help determine the Top 5 finalists for the 2020 Agricultural Town of the Year Award!
2020 AgTown of the Year winner
Pinnaroo is a major centre for the surrounding wheat, barely, sheep and mixed farming area. Although the area is a traditional rural centre, the natural underground water supply is diversifying the land use with market gardening of potatoes and onions.
The Kapunda farming community has embraced science, adapting new technologies and fostering a culture of innovation which has resulted in greater production and increased productivity in agriculture and viticulture.
The farming community of Parndana on Kangaroo Island have shown immense resilience and a strong community spirit during the recent bushfires. This community also works closely with the tourism sector and conservation groups to ensure longevity and environmental conservation.
Kimba is leading the region’s reputation today as one of South Australia’s major grain belts, known for its high standard of product including: grains, meat and wool whilst diversifying into other areas to ensure ongoing economic sustainability.
Despite recent bushfires savaging the town and surrounding districts, the local farmers of Woodside are still producing and continuing to move forward after having lost crops, livestock and equipment.
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