Chris Lehmann Trust Award
The Chris Lehmann Trust Fund contributes to supporting the professional development of young people (aged 35yrs or less) in the cotton industry.
The Chris Lehmann Trust Young Achiever Award is presented annually at the Australian Cotton Industry Awards. Crop Consultants Australia supports the Trust by providing in-kind administration services.
The Chris Lehmann Trust Fund (CLT Fund) provides financial support to young people in the industry who wish to further their education, develop new skills and continue contributing to the industry through their professional development.
Chris completed studies in Agriculture in 1967 before embarking on a career in cotton. He initially worked as a chemical company representative in Wee Waa before self-funding a study trip to the USA. Upon his return to Australia he formed the first independent cotton consultancy in the Australian cotton industry. Chris became well known for his expertise and agronomy skill, sought after by many leading cotton growers at the time. He went on to be awarded a Churchill Fellowship to further his studies. Along with his expanding crop consultancy business, Chris also purchased farms, was a representative on Boards and undertook more overseas travel and study to expand his knowledge.
The CLT Fund was established in 2006, the year in which Chris Lehmann was awarded Life Membership of Cotton Consultants Australia Inc (now known as Crop Consultants Australia Inc). Each year a young person aged 35yrs or less is presented with the Chris Lehmann Trust Young Achiever Award at the Australian Cotton Industry Awards.
Crop Consultants Australia supports the Trust by providing in-kind administration services.
|Year||Name||Finalist / Recipient|
|2018||William (Bill) Back||Recipient|
|2020||No awards presented due to COVID-19||2021||Angus Dalgliesh||Finalist||2021||James Kanaley||Finalist|
|2021||Emma Ayliffe||Recipient||2022||Bradley Donald||Finalist||2022||Lucas Wuersching||Finalist|
|2022||Jessica Strauch||Recipient||2023||Kate Lumber||Finalist||2023||Jacob Thuijs||Finalist|