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Search is on for Emerging Leaders in Victorian Agriculture with award nominations open

The 2016 Emerging Leaders in Victorian Agriculture (ELVA) awards, conducted by The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV) is open for entries, with employers, family and friends encouraged to nominate young industry participants for the $10,000 prize.

The awards are designed to motivate, inspire and encourage the next generation of leaders in agrifood and fibre, by recognising individuals under 40 years of age who have demonstrated leadership qualities and make a contribution in their profession or to the wider industry and community.

Last year two recipients, 32-year-old Ravens Creek Farm Managing Director Hayden Finlay and 20-year-old Brandon Sykes from Mawarra Herefords, were both awarded the honour and a cash prize to put towards their professional development.

"The ELVA awards are integral to RASV’s commitment to recognising, rewarding and developing young people in the agrifood and fibre industries," said Mark O’Sullivan, CEO, RASV.

"The previous winners of the awards have gone on to use the prize money to travel to other agricultural regions around the world, grow their business or learn new skills. We encourage anyone who believes they know a young person deserving of recognition and opportunities to further their career, to put in a nomination."

Entry to the awards is free and those who nominate a successful award recipient will also be rewarded with a complimentary ticket to the awards presentation at the Agribusiness Leaders Luncheon held during the Royal Melbourne Show in September.

Entry guidelines and nomination forms are available at, with all submissions to be completed by Tuesday, 14 June.

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