NSW Agricultural Innovator Wins Bob Hawke Landcare Award
Inventor of the No Kill Cropping System takes home landcare’s most prestigious award
25 AUGUST: NSW farmer and landcare legend Bruce Maynard has received landcare’s highest honour, being announced as the winner for the 2022 Bob Hawke Landcare Award at the National Landcare Awards Gala Dinner in Sydney last night.
Mr Maynard is the inventor of the No Kill Cropping System, a unique, revolutionary technique that relies on the retention of full grassland functions and consumption of almost no external inputs. He also initiated the Constructive Farming Cooperative- a group of farmers and researchers committed to extending the application of regenerative agricultural techniques, developed the Stress Free Stockmanship competencies, and pioneered a new field of animal behavioural science called Self Herding alongside Dr Dean Revell.
“The biggest challenge facing Australian farmers today is to integrate sustainable environmental practices with a practical, profitable production system. I’m proud to accept the Bob Hawke Landcare Award for making that challenge a little bit easier,” Mr Maynard said.
“No Kill Cropping is a game changer for sustainable farming because it lets farmers change easily and quickly between a grazing enterprise and cropping enterprise in the one paddock.”
“I really believe that farmers have the opportunity to work together to address some of the greatest pressures facing us globally such as climate change and species decline. I hope that my work will inspire others to begin their own sustainable farming journey and contribute to a greener future for Australian farming.”
Minister for Agriculture Senator Murray Watt announced the award and said he was impressed by Mr Maynard’s groundbreaking accomplishments and dedication to sustainable agricultural practices across Australia.
“Bruce exemplifies the valuable work being done by the farmers who are taking environmental sustainability seriously and making innovative improvements to their farm practices,” Minister Watt said.
“Whether they be to improve land, soils, vegetation, biodiversity, or animal welfare, our agricultural practices impact everyone. Bruce’s scalable, forward-thinking approach to agriculture is exactly what we need to build resilience and improve environmental and community outcomes.”
“Congratulations to Bruce for his work and well-deserved win of the 2022 Bob Hawke Landcare Award. I look forward to following his future achievements.”
The winner of the Bob Hawke Landcare Award is presented with a prize package to the value of $50,000 for further development of their knowledge and skills in sustainable land management to enable an even stronger contribution to landcare.