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The district contest was due to be part of the Selwyn Spring Show on October 17, which has been cancelled, so the young farmers now line up at the showgrounds on Sunday, October 18, from 9am.
Lincoln University student Becky Rickard has stepped up to convene this year’s Tasman district contest after qualifying for last year’s Tasman regional final, which was cancelled due to Covid-19.
Originally from Tauranga, where her family runs a kiwifruit orchard, Ms Rickard is in her second year studying agricultural science.
Convening this year’s district contest was "an amazing opportunity to step up for Young Farmers and the wider community and to provide opportunities for competitors to showcase their skills".
"The 2021 FMG Young Farmer of the Year is going to be the year of showing what we’ve got," she said.
New Zealand Young Farmers chairwoman Ash-Leigh Campbell said she expected the 53rd season to be the fiercest one yet, after Covid-19 robbed young farmers of the chance to compete earlier this year.
"We’ve got a lot of competitors who are raring to go and looking to compete for fun, to benchmark themselves and to test their practical and theoretical skills," she said.
"Covid-19 gave us some time up our sleeve to review, change and implement a few operational matters including the governance of the contest.
"With that, we’ve established a new contest sub-committee with some pretty phenomenal appointed members."
Former Young Farmer of the Year winner Nigel Woodhead, reigning 2019 champion James Robertson and former grand final convener James Goodwin have all been appointed to the contest sub-committee.
"We’ve got some of the best people on the ground to be implementing the strategy of the contest, so this is shaping up to be an incredibly exciting season," Ms Campbell said.
The 2021 Young Farmer of the Year grand final will be held in Christchurch in July next year. The event is supported by FMG, Ravensdown, Honda, WorkSafe, Stihl, Lincoln University, Massey University, Southfuels/Northfuels and New Holland.