EMERALD agronomy research consultant Jamie Iker is the youngest finalist in this year's Australian Cotton Industry Young Achiever Award.
The 24-year-old Master of Applied Science student is co-founder of Spackman Iker Ag Consulting in the Central Highlands and was recognised for helping shape the future of the Australian cotton industry.
Cotton Australia chief Adam Kay said Jamie had been a member of Crop Consultants Australia since 2010 and provided research reports to the CCA office to share with the entire membership.
"Jamie felt a need to promote career options in agriculture, to attract and retain a knowledgeable workforce," he said.
"He fears that without this, there won't be enough skilled people coming through to keep the cotton industry going into the future.
"Jamie instigated a project to address this by promoting agriculture, agronomy and cotton research as a career path at the high school he attended in Toowoomba."
Jamie also assisted Cotton Australia to promote agricultural careers to high schools at local natural resource management field days to ensure students were aware of agricultural career pathways.
"Having this message delivered by someone so young makes it all the more powerful," Mr Kay said.
Winners will be announced at a gala dinner on August 16.
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