Esperance farming leaders up for Young Achiever Awards

Farming legends: Brett South, 28, and Thomas Pengilly, 27, are both in the running for the Elders Agricultural Achievement Award at the 2020 7NEWS Young Achiever Awards in June. Photo: Supplied.
Farming legends: Brett South, 28, and Thomas Pengilly, 27, are both in the running for the Elders Agricultural Achievement Award at the 2020 7NEWS Young Achiever Awards in June. Photo: Supplied.

Two Esperance locals have been nominated for 2020 7NEWS Young Achiever Awards for their leadership and dedication to the agricultural industry.

Brett South, 28, and Thomas Pengilly, 27, are both in the running for the Elders Agricultural Achievement Award at this year's ceremony.

The award recognises individuals shaping the future of the agricultural industry through innovation, exploration of new technologies and leadership.

Mr South was previously the vice president of AgConnectWA and has been a champion for the next generation of young agricultural leaders.

Mr South spearheaded the creation of the South East Premium Wheat Association Youth in Ag Group.

He assembled a committee of passionate young leaders from diverse agricultural backgrounds and was named the group's inaugural president.

As part of the group, Mr South led a group of 14 young leaders on a trip to Vietnam and is looking to develop an agriculture technology study tour next year.

"Being nominated for this award is a real pat on the back for the time and effort people put in, where you don't expect any gratitude at all," Mr South said.

Livestock and cereal farmer Thomas Pengilly was also nominated for his commitment to exploring new technologies and training the next generation of merino farmers.

Mr Pengilly was a member of the Department of Primary Industries and Sheep Technology Pilot Group, is an ASHEEP committee member and treasurer of the Esperance Stud Merino Breeders Association.

He also works as a sheep mentor to students at the Esperance Farm Training Centre where he educates students on optimal breeding traits and how to utilise technology in their future careers.

Mr Pengilly said being an ASHEEP committee member allowed him to assist the industry to explore new technologies and positively shape local farming practices.

"I was grateful for the nomination, but it I wasn't expecting it. There's still a certain amount that I need to learn," he said.

Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on June 5.