Esperance farmer named 2019 Farming Legend of the Year

Farmers celebrated: Esperance local Nils Blumann has been awarded Farming Legend of the Year and Brett South was a finalist in the Young Farmer of the Year category.
Farmers celebrated: Esperance local Nils Blumann has been awarded Farming Legend of the Year and Brett South was a finalist in the Young Farmer of the Year category.

Esperance farmer Nils Blumann was named 2019 Farming Legend of the Year on Wednesday, October 16.

The award was announced at Parliament House in Canberra as part of the Kondinin Group and ABC Rural Australian Farmer of the Year Awards.

Esperance farmer and AgConnectWA vice president Brett South was also a finalist in the Young Farmer of the Year category for his leadership of the next generation of farmers.

Mr Blumann actively manages a mixed grazing and cropping farm 20 kilometres north of Esperance.

Hailed a 'trail blazer' by judges, Mr Blumann was commended for his involvement in several game-changing industry initiatives.

He was a pioneer in claying the soils of the region, enhancing production efficiency and improved land conservation, particularly through reduced wind and water erosion.

He also contributed to the early research and adoption of minimal till and the development of lupins at both local and state level through his work with Gibson Lupin Group.

Mr Blumann said he was proud to be recognised and to have encouraged research to improve farming techniques.

"At the end of the day, it has always been about improving the system and benefiting not just my farm, but my community and the industry more broadly," Mr Blumann said.

"I love farming and all things associated with growing healthy, profitable and sustainable crops and caring for our livestock."

Mr Blumann continues to be a motivated industry and community leader, an advocate for primary producers and remains passionate about farming.

He is currently in the race for the Shire of Esperance council elections.

Grains Research and Development Corporation chairman John Woods said Mr Blumann's contribution to industry and community had been outstanding.

"He has created an impressive legacy for growers not only within his region of Western Australia, but right across agriculture," he said.

"He is steadfast and forward thinking and enjoys stepping out of his comfort zone to trial new and exciting opportunities in agriculture."