Regan Judd, one of T&G Global’s Orchard Sector Managers in Hawke’s Bay, took home the 2022 New Zealand Young Horticulturist of the Year title at last night’s awards ceremony hosted by the Royal NZ Institute of Horticulture Education Trust.

Regan wins the coveted grand final after months of preparation and hard work, having won the 2021 Hawke’s Bay Young Fruitgrower competition, followed by being a finalist in the 2021 Young Grower of the Year competition.

This week in Auckland, Regan was up against six other finalists from across the horticulture sector where his knowledge and expertise was tested in a variety of challenges, ranging from plant nutrition, irrigation, crop management and innovation in the industry.

“The competition was incredibly challenging,” said Regan. “I’m blown away and really proud that I was able to win it!”

“This is one of New Zealand horticulture’s highest achievements for a young person, so it’s a huge honour to be part of it and to learn new skills and knowledge during the competition, as well as build new friendships and networks with my fellow finalists.”

As well as being named the overall winner, Regan also won the T&G Practical Components Award and the Bayer Best Practice Award, for his focus on crop management and sustainability practices.

T&G Director Operations, Craig Betty says the competition is a powerful platform that fosters and celebrates the next generation of horticulture industry leaders.

“We’re incredibly proud of what Regan has achieved, not only throughout the competition, but in his career to-date. His drive, determination, leadership and practical skills are truly exemplary, and the industry is lucky to have such strong talent in both Regan and all of the finalists.”

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