The Ultimate Award for the Rice Industry

The SunRice Grower of the Year Award is the ultimate award which recognises innovation, new technology and latest research outcomes adopted in the rice industry. The recipient of this award will showcase high yields and high water use efficiency with successful adoption of new technology and innovation.

Nomination Process

A business can nominate itself or be nominated by someone else via an online application process.

Nominees can be from farm businesses growing a minimum of 30 hectares of rice (this includes sharefarmers) and demonstrating high levels of achievement in the rice farm operation.

Yield and quality results will be obtained via SunRice records.

Nominations will be judged on the whole business, not just a farm or crop basis.

Nominations for the 2019 Rice Grower the Year will be assessed according to the following criteria:

Category Weighting

Production and agronomy


Water use efficiency, innovation and technology


Business management




Workplace health and safety


Industry and community involvement



The SunRice Grower of the Year Winner receives:

  • An individual award and recognition on industry honour roll

  • $2500 to be spent on personal or business development.

  • One position within the RGA Emerging Leaders Program in 2020 (this can be a member of the family or an employee of the business)

  • Two complimentary tickets to the 2019 RGA Conference dinner and Awards event

  • Member of the 2020 judging panel

  • Nomination for the Australian Farmer of the Year Award (Kondinin Group)

The two runners up will each receive two complimentary tickets to the RGA Conference Dinner and Awards event.


Applications will be judged by a panel of three judges. Successful applicants will proceed to the on-farm judging.

On-farm judging

The judging panel will visit each of the finalists’ farms for a tour and interview of two hours duration.

This tour will be held in the first week of June 2019. Nominees are encouraged to involve their staff and consultants in the farm tour.

The farm tour will focus on those areas that most directly address the Awards Criteria and the areas of strength that have been identified in the initial nomination.

The judging panel includes two industry judges and one independent judge.

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About SunRice

SunRice is proud to be a company built by the Australian rice industry over the past 68 years. Through innovation, today we are one of the world’s largest rice food companies and one of Australia’s leading branded food exporters.

With revenue of $1.2 billion and sales, marketing and operations spanning the globe, we supply domestic markets and almost 50 countries with more than 700 diverse, innovative and nutritious food products, from table rice to rice meals and livestock products.

We are a vertically integrated business with state-of-the-art processing, packing and value adding food plants, as well as a dedicated rice research company.

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