MEDIA RELEASE 09 November 2009
Loxton almond producer wins Phil Watters Award
The inaugural Australian Almond Industry Phil Watters Award was awarded to
Loxton almond grower Craig Spilsbury at this year's Australian Almond Conference
held on Thursday, 29 October in the Barossa Valley, SA.
The Phil Watters Award recognises service to the Australian almond industry, in
particular a dedication to research, development and the improvement of almond
production, adoption of best practice and promotion of horticulture to the
Craig feels privileged to be the 2009 recipient of this prestigious industry
"It is a great honour to receive an Award dedicated in the memory of a man who
contributed so much to the Australian almond industry," said Craig.
41 year old Craig Spilsbury has long been associated with the Australian almond
industry with his family being one of the earlier almond producers in Willunga,
south of Adelaide.
"My family began farming almonds in 1935, so almond farming is well and truly in
my blood. I've grown up working on the family orchards and always loved what I
do. The Australian almond industry is such an interesting and dynamic industry
to be a part of," he added.
Craig began his career as an almond grower developing his first orchard in 1991
Since then, Craig has been a valuable contributor to the Australian almond
industry. Over the last eight years, he has been one of the original growers to
adopt and refine some of the research and best practice coming out of the
industry's R&D project known as the CT Optimisation Trial.
Using expertise from Israel, the CT Optimisation Trial looked at a new
management program for irrigating and fertilising almonds. Craig was in close
contact with the research project and quickly recognised the benefits and
results it was producing. He has since shared his results and techniques with
many other growers.
The Australian Almond industry's Phil Watters Award is dedicated to the memory
of Phil Watters (1974 - 2007), a widely respected individual and dedicated
technical officer in the almond industry who became a role model for young and
upcoming horticultural students.
The Award is organised by the Almond Board of Australia (ABA), a non-profit,
membership-based organisation representing the interests of Australian almond
growers, processors and marketers.
More information on the ABA can be found by calling (08) 8582 2055.
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For further information please call Kim Larochelle or Gemma Crowley on (02) 9413