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Selwyn’s agricultural inventors and innovators are being called on to put in their entries for the 2018 National Agricultural Fieldays Innovation Awards.

The Innovation Awards showcase innovation across several industry areas including: dairy and drystock farming, horticulture, information and communication technology, water and waste management, farm safety and leading research.

This year marks Fieldays’ 50th year of showcasing agriculture and innovation to rural and urban audiences and the theme for this year is the Future of Farming.

Fieldays Innovations event manager, Gail Hendricks, said they’re encouraging entries from small, grassroots innovations through to the larger, international innovations.

“We love seeing how widespread our entries are, and have always encouraged the small, grassroots entries just as much as the bigger, more established ones,” Ms Hendricks said.

“Even though an entry might be ‘small’, it can still make a big impact.”

She said the entries are housed in the Fieldays’ Innovations Centre, with entrants able to access free advice from lawyers, patent and trademark attorneys, accountants and product development consultants.

“Originally, the Fieldays Innovation Awards were about widgets, gadgets and devices to improve farming, but more and more we’re seeing entries that play to the agri-tech factor and really take into account how science and technology continues to advance agriculture.”

Entries for the 2018 Fieldays Innovation Awards are open now and close at 5pm, May 1.