- View the list below of nominated towns in our region.
- Select one Agricultural Town from the list that you think has helped grow primary industries and driven regional development the most, and should be recognised as the 2020 Ag Town of the Year.
- Follow the link below to vote for your nominated Ag Town of the Year.
Your choice and vote could help that town be selected as one of the Top 5 finalists, and have the opportunity to be crowned the 2020 Ag Town of the Year.
When making your selection please consider:
- How the town and farming community helped grow primary industries to drive regional development
- Their agricultural contribution to the South Australian economy
- Community spirit and resilience
- Agricultural practices and innovation/initiatives
Ag Town of the Year Nominees in our region:
Hay Valley holds generations of passionate growers that produce the best Australian produce from Brussel sprouts, to sweet strawberries & apples, prime beef & lamb.
A significant major wine and grape production region known for the vineyards and wineries, Langhorne Creek is also the home to two of the biggest Brussel sprouts farms in Australia. In amongst the vines, some bakeries grow their grains.
Lenswood is known for growing apples. pears, cherries and also a variety of grapes. With new apple varieties being planted throughout the regions and obtains from around the world to deliver high quality fruits.
A premium grape growing area, McLaren Vale supports sustainable viticulture and has achieved quality improvement across the region from tactics it has promoted and shared through the community.
Mount Barker has seen huge growth over the past few years. The town has the largest recycled water treatment facility in the state with a focus on sustainable practices.
Myponga is a prime dairying real estate, thanks to the Mediterranean climate and the cluster of dairies and production facilities. The region boasts its benefits, usually associated with areas off the beaten path – clean air, a tight knit community and minimal noise pollution.
Agriculture is one of the biggest economic drivers in the district, with livestock production being the biggest contributor. Normanville is enveloped by a working agricultural landscape and acts as a hub for producers to sell their products and value-add, allowing farmers to value-add their primary production by selling directly to tourism and hospitality operators and selling at the Normanville Farmers Market.
The farming community of Parndana works closely with tourism sector and conservation groups. Sheep farming practices have successfully diversified to ensure longevity and environmental conservation.
Strathalbyn is a major hub to the north-east of the Alexandrina region with an annual Agricultural Show incorporating livestock displays (beef cattle, dairy cows, sheep, alpacas, miniature goats and dairy goats), indoor displays of cut flowers, cookery, needlework, floral art, craft, photography, fruit, vegetables, eggs, grains, produce, and preserves.
The town of Victor Harbor has a focus on issues such as long term water security, accessibility to a regional abattoir supporting service works and improved engagement with government agencies led by the Agribusiness Working Group.
Olive groves & vineyards, organic farming, on-farm compost, reclaimed water, and solar power underpin the commitment to sustainable living and farming that is experienced across some lands in Willunga.
Despite recent bushfires savaging the town and surrounding districts, the local farmers of Woodside are still producing and continuing to move forward after having lost crops, livestock and equipment. One thing the community and residents did not lose was their determination and love of the land.