The Award has been created to remember and celebrate the significant contributions made by the late David Roget. The Award acknowledges his enduring legacy and contribution to sustainable agriculture.
David was a principal research scientist with CSIRO at the Waite campus, Adelaide, before he retired in 2005 and will be remembered for taking research out of the laboratory and into the paddock. He was instrumental in developing and promoting the concept of farming systems research by bringing together multiple disciplines and grower input, particularly through the Mallee Sustainable Farming Project.
David contributed more than 30 years of service to agricultural research, initially in the field of soil borne plant pathology and later on biological disease suppression and farming systems research. David’s work highlighted that the use of current technologies in intensive cereal production provided the most economically beneficial and environmentally sustainable farming system in the Mallee’s low-rainfall environment. David’s passion, enthusiasm and research had a profound impact on reducing soil erosion and delivering increased profitability. David was instrumental in setting up Mallee Sustainable Farming in 1997.
The Award will be presented to an individual, business or group who has made a significant contribution to dryland farming production systems in the Mallee Sustainable Farming Inc. (MSF) region.
The recipient will be highly regarded within their industry and will be able to clearly demonstrate that they are promoting sustainable farming systems for tomorrow as well as today.
The Award will showcase the high calibre of individuals, businesses and groups operating in the Mallee. The winner will receive the David Roget Award Perpetual Trophy and a cash prize of $1,000.
The Award welcomes applicants that either self-nominate or nominations made by third parties on behalf of applicants.
The Selection Process
The MSF Board will select the recipient of this Award on an annual basis with the Award being presented annually at the MSF Research, Development and Extension Forum. This annual showcase event highlights, for the entire farming community, the most important Research Development and Extension activities in the MSF region. As such it is a fitting event to host this award presentation.
Be a business, individual or group involved with sustainable dryland agriculture within the MSF Region.
Not be a current or immediate past member of the MSF Board.
Applications will be judged on:
Contribution to improving the environmental, economic and social sustainability of dryland farming production systems in the MSF region.
Demonstration of any impact broader than the initial target of the activity or initiative
Submitting and further information
Applications must be received no later than 5.00pm Tuesday, 20th December 2016.
Applications can be either hardcopy or electronic (email) and submitted to:
David Roget Mallee Sustainable Farming excellence award Review Committee c/- Mallee Sustainable Farming Inc. PO Box 843 Irymple Vic 3502