A huge congratulations to Jess Jurgens, our deputy general manager in Bowen at Vee Jays Kalfresh, who was presented with the Queensland Agricultural Minster’s Emerging Leader Award at the Queensland Agriculture Awards in Brisbane this week.
The award recognises professional excellence and leadership.
Minister for Agriculture Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities, Mark Furner, said nominations were sought from across the sector including agribusiness, education, farm-based production, the supply chain, research, advocacy and associated fields.

“Jessica is a fifth-generation farmer, an inspiring leader and a true role model,” Mr Furner said.
“The Queensland Agriculture Awards recognise individuals who have made an outstanding positive impact on our industry.
“As always, I am very impressed with the calibre of the nominees and am very pleased to have the opportunity to recognise those who are making a difference through these awards.”

Jess works in Bowen with her parents Melita and Jamie Jurgens who are joint venture partners with Kalfresh, growing a large program of conventional and Certified Organic vegetable crops from April to November.
Jess stepped up into the assistant GM role this year, following an intense few years working across various parts of the business in the Scenic Rim and in North Queensland.

Kalfresh CEO, Richard Gorman, said the award was deserved recognition of the effort, tenacity and learning Jess has made since joining the business after university.
“It’s not always been easy and it’s not always gone to plan but Jess has learned from the mistakes, regrouped and kept going. She is now a valued and respected member of our leadership team in Bowen.”

The 2022 awards recognise the contribution of two individuals through the Peter Kenny Medal and the Minister’s Emerging Leader award. The winners of each category will receive a $3000 bursary, which they can use to support their studies or work.
The Peter Kenny Medal is awarded for innovation leading to profitability and sustainability and the Minister’s Emerging Leader Award recognises professional excellence and leadership. The Peter Kenny Medal was awarded to Jade King of Green Valley Fingerlimes.