In 2010, the Australian Farm Institute established an annual Essay Competition. John Ralph was the inaugural chairman of the Institute and argued strongly for comprehensive and objective research as the basis for sound policy decision-making, particularly for the agriculture sector. This competition was established to recognise John Ralph's contribution.
In 2010, the John Ralph Essay Competition was won by Daniel James Gibbons for his essay, Australia's Primary Industries - A Bulwark Against External Shocks.
In 2011 the Competition was won by Miss Nicolette Cameron, student, for her essay Agriculture and energy, a growing challenge for the world and Australia.
If the view is that Australian agriculture cannot fulfil that role, identify:
There are two categories for this contest, one for professionals and one for students.
The professional category is open to farmers, agribusiness participants, policy makers, consultants and researchers.
The undergraduate student category is open to person undertaking full time education. Professors, lecturers and course coordinators are encouraged to support this competition by including the essay topic in their course program.
A judging panel consisting of Institute staff and John Ralph will have the task of select two winning entries and these will be published (along with a number of other papers on the same topic) in the Spring 2012 edition of the Farm Policy Journal.
Entries must have from 1500 to 4500 words in length, and material beyond the 4,500 limit (excluding reference list) will not be considered by judges.
The essay is expected to present the author point of view based on a sounds and well-argued reasoning. A scientific style (method, quotes, references and reference list) is not compulsory, but important references should be cited. The essay should be written in a style suitable for an audience that has some familiarities with the topic, but does not have a great depth of knowledge of the issues.
Entries should be submitted in electronic format (.doc or .docx for Windows) by Friday 19 October 2012. Please register your interest by filling in the following online form.
The winner of the John Ralph Essay contest will receive a cash prize of $5000, and have the essay published in the summer edition of the Farm Policy Journal. The winner will also receive a full membership to the Australian Farm Institute (value $286) which includes a Farm Policy Journal subscription for one year and an entry to the next Agriculture Roundtable Conference.
The student category winner of the John Ralph Essay contest will receive a cash prize of $1000, and will have their essay published in the summer edition of the Farm Policy Journal.The winner will also receive a full membership to the Australian Farm Institute (value $286) which includes a Farm Policy Journal subscription for one year and an entry to the next Agriculture Roundtable Conference.
An opportunity for lecturers to involve students
Professors and lecturers are encouraged to participate by engaging their student with this competition. The Australian Farm Institute hopes this essay competition will create discussion and debate around the topic, and encourage students and the wider community to engage in the numerous vibrant and topical questions related to agriculture studies.
Any Professor or Lecturers interested in this project are invited to include the competition topic in their student’s assessment tasks, and to register at least three entries in the competition.
These professors and lecturer will be asked to submit a minimum of 3 entries to the competition and will be offered:
Entries will be judged using the following criteria;