Agricultural towns celebrated

SOLID CHANCE: Lucy McCourt-Pearce is confident Millicent will perform strongly again in the South Australian Agricultural Town of the Year.

By Raquel Mustillo

MILLICENT will have another tilt at the South Australian Agricultural Town of the Year title, with the 2019 finalist nominated for the award for the second year.

The inaugural finalist will battle it out against 70 towns across the state – including nine from the Limestone Coast – for the prestigious award.

Launched last year, the State Government initiative recognises South Australian towns that are excelling in agricultural practices and the flow on effect they have on communities.

Millicent was selected as one of five finalists from a total of 43 nominations, but the title to drought-stricken Cleve.

However, agribusiness and rural science graduate agronomist Lucy McCourt-Pearce is confident Millicent’s diverse and active agricultural community will rank highly in this year’s competition.

“Millicent is a great area for so many reasons, it has unique, beautiful soil that is well known for its productivity,” she said.

“It does so well in all areas of agriculture, being wool production, beef, sheep, cropping and more.

“It’s home to the SA Crop Technology site, which looks at hyper-yielding crops.

“It is home to Mayura Station and their full-blood Wagyu is well-known not only through Australia, but the world.

Nutrien Ag Solutions manager Richard North echoed Ms McCourt-Pearce’s comments, adding Millicent farmers are innovative and proactive.

“People here are quite prepared to look at new ideas on how to improve their crop and are prepared to invest to get returns,” he said.

“Although we have good land and rainfall, it can also cause problems and farmers continue to look to innovation to combat it.”

Primary Industries and Regional Development David Basham said the importance of agriculture and its ability to keep the economy moving had been demonstrated through the challenges of 2020.

“Regional communities play a key role in agriculture and this year’s award will no doubt unearth stories of resilience, community spirit and determination,” he said.

Visit agtown.com.au to vote prior to October 30, 2020.

The 2020 Agricultural Town of the Year will be announced in February 2021 and a community event will be held in April 2021 to celebrate the achievement.