PAMPAS farmer Lyndon Pfeffer was recognised for his improved moisture conservation practices and precision planting when he was named 2012 Queensland Grain Grower of the Year.
Mr Pfeffer was presented with the Jason Rae Memorial award at the weekend's Queensland Grain Industry Awards in Toowoomba.
Along with his wife Lyndelle, Mr Pfeffer runs 813 hectares at Bungaree, where he grows predominantly sorghum.
There needs to be a more positive spin on agriculture to recognise a lot more people and the importance of agriculture.
On the property since the age of 15, Mr Pfeffer said it was a surprise to be recognised.
"You strive to be successful in your business. You just want the best for the industry," he said.
"To win this is a tremendous feeling that my work and achievements have been recognised."
Modest with his win, Mr Pfeffer urged other farmers to nominate next year to showcase their industry.
"There are a lot of successful farmers around and they've got their heads down and are doing great things as far as caring for the land goes," Mr Pfeffer said.
"But there needs to be a more positive spin on agriculture to recognise a lot more people and the importance of agriculture."
Other winners on the night included Peter Bach, of "Kurilda" at Pittsworth, who was named the Queensland Grain Industry Emerging Leader, and Dave Daniels, of "Tarvellon" in Clermont, who received the Queensland Grains Innovation Award.
Hosted by AgForce Queensland, grains president Wayne Newton said the evening recognised passionate and innovative growers who deserved to be acknowledged for their hard work.
"The Queensland grain industry represents an exceptional industry standard," he said
"We are proud to showcase and celebrate this innovation and this commitment to sustainability and best practice."
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