[27 March/Scoop]

The FMG Young Farmer of The Year will be announced in Invercargill in four months’ time. It will mark the 50th anniversary of the award and the finalists are to be decided at the Otago/Southland Regional Final in Winton on 21 April. Event Convenor, James Goodwin, said they hoped to have 1,200 people in attendance. Finalists will go through a technical day while NZ Young Farmers members will explore Southland on a mystery bus trip. The week full of events and awards will culminate with the 50th FMG Young Farmer of the Year being awarded on Saturday night. He noted that the journey to the final is emotional and this year would be no different.