Arable Industry Honours Two of its Finest
A leading advocate for biosecurity and a 30-year contributor to organisations that support growers were honoured at the
Federated Farmers Arable Industry conference in Timaru yesterday.
Former Foundation for Arable Research (FAR) CEO Nick Pyke was presented with the Federated Farmers Arable Biosecurity
Farmer of the Year Award and North Canterbury farmer Syd Worsfold was named Federated Farmers Arable Farmer of the Year
in recognition of his contribution over the last three decades to the arable industry and stakeholder groups, Federated
Farmers, FAR and United Wheatgrowers.
Newly-elected Arable chairperson Karen Williams said Nick Pyke has always been a strong advocate for farmers and growers
over biosecurity at three borders: national, regional and the farm gate.
"He has been involved in the Velvetleaf, pea weevil and Blackgrass responses, sitting on both the Governance Group and
in a number of industry stakeholder groups. He’s also been actively involved in developing a strong and viable GIA
framework for the cropping industry.
"Nick has a strong sense of what are the right management decisions to make for the overall industry, but also has a lot
of empathy for growers and how decisions will affect them on the ground," Karen said.
Federated Farmers National Biosecurity spokesperson Guy Wigley said Nick was outstanding in each of the responses the
arable industry was involved in over the last three years and the award acknowledged his efforts.
"Nick was able to provide credible scientific information to aid in the response decision-making and ensure the best
outcomes for arable farmers were achieved," Guy said.
The Arable Farmer of the Year Award is about recognising excellence in the sector, acknowledging someone who balances
production and profit drivers against environmental, sustainability and other compliance requirements. Syd Worsfold fits
Feds Arable Vice-Chair Brian Leadley said Syd has worked extensively "not only for the betterment of his own arable
farming business but also his peers and future generations of arable farmers".
Syd, who today farms 400 hectares at Greendale in partnership with his son, has been involved with Federated Farmers as
North Canterbury Arable Chairperson (1992 to 1994) and then on the Arable Council. He has been involved with United
Wheatgrowers for the last 30 years, first as an Electoral College member and then a Director. Syd was also part of the
first committee which looked at establishing the Foundation for Arable Research (FAR), and a member of the Northern
South Island Arable Research Group (ARG). He has also been a member of the Arable Industry Marketing Initiative
Committee (AIMI) since its inception.
The Federated Farmers outgoing Arable Chairperson Guy Wigley described Syd as a quiet, unassuming and effective leader.
"This award is in recognition of his achievements, leadership and contribution to the arable industry, which despite
contributing around $750 million to the nation’s GDP, typically flies under the radar in New Zealand".