THE ever changing landscape and challenges of cotton farming are what has drawn Gunnedah’s Peter Lennox to the industry.
It is that love that has also lead the 38-year-old to the finals of the Cotton Australia Monsanto Grower of the Year and AgriRisk High Achiever of the Year awards.
A manager for Morcott Pty Ltd’s ‘Battery Hill’ property, Mr Lennox has only re-entered the industry in the last five years.
“For a long time I was an interstate truck driver,” Mr Lennox said.
“I’ve always been a Gunnedah boy and the desire to work with cotton again like I did when I was younger and be closer to family is a big reason I came back a few years ago.”
Mr Lennox told The Namoi Valley Independent it was a honour “just to be a finalist”.
“I really love what I do and to be honest I am pretty surprised and really pleased to be a finalist,” he said.
“When you look at it, only being back in the cotton industry for the last couple of years, I’m pretty proud of this and how far I’ve come.
“It’s a pretty big achievement just to be a finalist.
“For me it’s a very challenging field to be in but I love cotton farming because you are always learning something new and you’re always trying to adapt.
“I don’t think anyone could ever really they say the know it all when it comes to cotton farming, it is always so different and that’s why I love it.”
The property manager said he would not be a finalist without the help of many people.
“I’ve worked pretty closely with Rob Everleigh and CSD who have helped me a lot in putting together a good program,” he said.
“Rob has always been very helpful and as he is retiring this year I think it would be fair of me to say he has been a real inspiration.
“Of course my bosses the Morgan family, without them giving me the opportunity to manage the property and do what I want to do there’s no way I’d be in this position.”
The award winners will be announced at a gala event on the Gold Coast on August 9 during the 2018 Australian Cotton Conference.
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