Colin Seis is a New South Wales farmer and pioneer of pasture cropping – and now he has added the 2014 Bob Hawke Landcare Award to his list of achievements.
Former Prime Minister Bob Hawke presented Colin with the award at the National Landcare Awards Gala Dinner in Melbourne.
Runner-up, Sam Archer (NSW) and Highly Commended finalist, Cam Nicholson (VIC), were also honoured at the event.
Take a look at this video to find out more.
The Award includes $50,000 in prize money. This is designed to help further the recipient’s innovative work and facilitate the further sharing of his knowledge with other landcarers and farmers – both at home and abroad.
Congratulations and well done to Colin and the two finalists!
Acknowledge Photo Landcare Australia
Colin Seis owns a 2000 acre property, ‘Winona’, in the central tablelands of New South Wales. Here he runs around 4000 merino sheep, a merino stud, and grows approximately 500 acres of crops annually using his ‘pasture cropping’ technique.
Used since 1993, Colin’s technique sows cereal crops directly into perennial pastures without killing the pasture. Pasture cropping has since been widely adopted in Australia and internationally. The benefits include weed control, stabilising soil erosion, increased soil carbon levels and the production of nutrient-dense, healthy food.
The Bob Hawke Landcare Award and the National Landcare Awards are administered by Landcare Australia through funding from the Australian Government National Landcare Programme.