Last year, the Otago Daily Times and Rural Life celebrated Year of the Farmer, a hugely successful initiative championing the work and community contributions of our farmers and growers. It culminated in the naming of Duntroon dairy farmer Myfanwy Alexander as our inaugural Rural Champion.

This year we are back with a similar initiative which we're calling Rural Champions. As well as seeking nominations for individual farmers or growers, we have included a new category - Rural Services Providers. These providers , the likes of vets, fertiliser reps, stock agents, agronomists, rural supplies reps, agricultural contractors, shearers and shedhands are key to the smooth running of farming operations and also deserve to be celebrated.

Please nominate someone you think deserves recognition:

  • a farmer or grower and/or
  • a rural services provider

Click on the Nomination Form banner below, complete the form and submit.

Let’s celebrate our local rural heroes in 2024. Nominations close 15 May.