In 2010, the Australian Farm Institute established an annual Essay Competition. John Ralph was the inaugural chairman of the Institute and argued strongly for comprehensive and objective research as the basis for sound policy decision-making, particularly for the agriculture sector. This competition was established to recognise John Ralph's contribution. In 2010, the John Ralph Essay Competition was won by Daniel James Gibbons for his essay, Australia's Primary Industries - A Bulwark Against External Shocks. In 2011 the essay competition will have two categories - one for professionals with a $2,000 first prize, and a second for undergraduate students with a $500 cash prize. In addition the Institute is providing an incentive for professors and lecturers in agricultural faculties to involve their students in the competition.
This year's topic is Agriculture and energy, a growing challenge in the world and in Australia.
There are two categories for this contest, one for professionals and one for students.
The professional category is open to farmers, agribusiness participants, policy makers, consultants and researchers.
The student category is open to person undertaking full time education. Professors, lecturers and course coordinators are encouraged to support this competition by including the essay topic in their course program.
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