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Effect of COVID-19 on agriculture in Austria - Markus Habisch (May 2020)

How is COVID-19 affecting agricultural industries in Austria?

Austria's a small country, but it produces so much!  So how has it handled the pandemic that has crippled much of Europe?

Observing the ultimate in social distancing protocol during the COVID-19 lockdown period, ABC Landline reporter Prue Adams speaks to Austrian agricultural consultant, Markus Habisch.

Click here to view Prue Adams' ABC Landline interview with Markus Habisch


RMSA's 21 May Fiona Simson Breakfast CANCELLED (April 2020)

Due to the current international health crisis, RMSA has not surprisingly had to cancel our planned function with the President of the National Farmers Federation on May 21st.  We will endeavour to secure a new date for Fiona Simson to address us, once things have returned to normal.


In the meantime, the RMSA committee wishes you, your families and businesses all the very best during these very challenging of times.  We’re looking forward to seeing you on the other side of the recovery.


Leigh Radford OAM
President RMSA


NFF President, Fiona Simson


Matt Turner’s photograph named best Australian rural photograph of 2019 (March 2020)

Advertiser photographer, Matt Turner’s iconic group photograph of winemakers has been named the best Australian rural photograph for 2019.

Aptly-titled ‘Pick of the Bunch’, Matt Turners winning photo was originally published in the Advertiser’s SA Weekend supplement last April.  It subsequently featured in a winning portfolio of photos that saw Matt named RMSA’s SA & NT Rural Photographer of the Year for 2019.

‘Pick of the Bunch’ was selected as the best-of-the-best from this portfolio and entered in the prestigious national Star Prize Awards convened by the Australian Council of Agricultural Journalists earlier this month.

Matt’s winning photo brings him $1,000 in prizemoney and will now compete in the World Star Prize competition, a highlight of the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists Annual Congress to be held in Denmark this June.

                                             "Pick of the bunch"


Advertiser clean sweep of 2019 SA & NT Rural Media Awards (Dec 2019)

From a near record number of outstanding entries, Advertiser rural affairs editor Paula Thompson and photographer, Matt Turner took out the major prizes at the 2019 RMSA South Australian and Northern Territory Rural Media Awards.

Now in its second year of incorporating the Northern Territory in these awards, Paula Thompson emerged from the Print category to win the 2019 Rural Journalist of the Year Award. Despite having grown up in Adelaide, Paula has had an extensive career in rural and regional journalism having first commenced her career with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) whilst studying journalism at university. Paula has also held roles with the Murray Pioneer and the Stock Journal, and is now the Regional Editor for News Corp Australia at The Advertiser.

2019 SA & NT Rural Journalist of the Year, Paula Thompson, with Chair of the Rural Journalist Judging Panel, Dale Manson 

From an extremely strong field of 18 entrants, Matt Turner was named the 2019 Rural Photographer of the Year with an outstanding portfolio of story-telling and creative photographs, winning two of the main categories and being highly commended in the other. Prior to joining News Corp’s South Australian office in 2003, Matt commenced his career in photography as a freelance for the Stock Journal and then went on to hold roles with The Australian, The Sydney Telegraph and Getty Images, amongst others. 

This is Matt’s third RMSA Rural / Regional Photographer of the Year award in the last 5 years and clearly identifies him as not only an outstanding photographer, but one who has a deep understanding of rural issues and a connection with rural and regional people.

Chair of the Rural Photographer Judging Panel, Ian Turner, 2019 SA & NT Rural Photographer of the Year, Matt Turner with principal sponsor Rural Business Support CEO, Brett Smith 

For a full listing of results, click here


Entries now open for 2019 SA & NT Rural Media Awards (Sept 2019)

Entries are now open for the 2019 SA & NT Rural Media Awards for Rural Journalists and Photographers.

These prestigious annual awards carry significant peer recognition and in 2019, offer a total of $7,500 in prize money plus trophies.

Individual awards will be given to the best journalists in Print, Broadcast Radio/Audio, Broadcast Television/Video, Broadcast Digital/Online and Regional Print.  Significant prize money is being offered for each category. Winners of the specialist award categories will then compete for the overall 2019 SA & NT Rural Journalist of the Year Award, carrying an additional $1,000 in prize money.

For the second year, the Awards will also be open to Rural Journalists and Photographers working in the Northern Territory.

Three separate awards will also be offered for photography, with individual prizes for portfolios of work relating to Agricultural Production, People, and Nature/Landscape/Rural Scenes. The winner of each category will receive $500. Winners of the three specialist awards will then compete for the major 2019 SA & NT Rural Photographer of the Year Award, carrying an additional $1,000 in prize money.

A special award is also being offered for the Best Photojournalist.

Once again, the Royal Agricultural & Horticultural Society of SA's "Show Society Foundation" is also sponsoring awards for the Best Published Story ($500) about the 2019 Royal Adelaide Show and the Best Photograph ($500) related to the 2019 Royal Adelaide Show.

Winners from the competitions will represent South Australia in a series of national awards run by the Australian Council of Agricultural Journalists (ACAJ), which selects finalists for the highly regarded international Star Prize. The 2019 SA & NT Rural Media Awards are for work published or broadcast between 1st January 2019 and 31st October 2019.

The Awards are presented at a special awards lunch on Friday 29th November 2019 at the Adelaide Showground.


Upcoming meetings

Rural Media South Australia aims to provide a genuine focus for rural issues, combined with a forum for networking between the highest levels of agribusiness, government, media and rural producers.

Members and guests are encouraged to note the following dates in their diaries:

2020 Meetings

PENDING: September 2020
Function in lieu of 2020 RMSA Royal Adelaide Show Breakfast

Friday 4th December 2020
2020 SA & NT Rural Media Awards
(Luncheon, 12 noon for 12.30 pm)
(Members Banquet Room, Adelaide Showground, Wayville)