28 March 2014
New South Wales cane farmer and Australian Cane Farmers Association Director (ACFA), Robert Quirk, has taken out the prestigious National Carbon Cocky of the Year award at the National Carbon Farming Conference and Expo in Canberra recently.
Through Robert’s commitment to education and sharing the knowledge that he has developed over years of work and research and through the enormous time and effort he has invested, Robert is helping to ensure that his industry, both in Australia and across the globe, remains sustainable.
“It is a huge honour in being awarded National Carbon Cocky of the Year; it’s fantastic to be recognised on such a renowned forum,” says Robert.
“I am very appreciative for this recognition, especially amongst so many respected and deserving candidates.”
Robert is nothing short of a practise-change pioneer and his outstanding contribution to the sugar industry is undeniable. He has dedicated his farm to understanding, implementing and achieving results in the management of land based carbon storage and carbon emission reductions.
“Researchers said that it would be difficult to increase soil carbon in sugarcane soils and suggested that it was only possible to slow the reduction, however we have been able to dispel this theory.
“We’ve managed to effectively increase carbon levels in our soils, increase productivity, reduce emissions, decrease fertiliser use, and improve water quality and soil health.
“It is so important that, we as cane farmers, take control of our environmental footprint which is a big part of ensuring our industry remains sustainable,” says Robert.
As well as sitting on the Board of ACFA, Robert is also a Director of Bonsucro, the global sugar production standard, is Chairman of Tweed Canegrowers and has worked on numerous committees, grower boards, catchment groups, local government and climate farmer groups.
Robert also took out the Earth Systems National Carbon Cocky Award
For Outstanding Leadership for demonstrating a learning attitude and sharing his knowledge of sustainable farming practices and increased land based carbon storage.
Robert expressed his sincere thanks to 3D-AG for sponsoring National Carbon Cocky of the Year award and Earth Systems for sponsoring the National Carbon Cocky award for Outstanding Leadership.
For more information, or for an interview with Robert Quirk, please contact Amanda Sheppard on (07) 3839 1900.