CALLING NEW INVENTORS – are you or do you know someone that tinkers away in their shed?

Do you have what it takes to be an inventor or maybe you know somebody who tinkers away in the back shed, coming up with weird and wonderful ideas. If that’s the case then the Australian National Field Days (ANFD) want you!

The ANFD are running a New Inventors competition and the only rule is that the product must not be in production.

Manager at the ANFD, Jayne West, says the competition gives people a new opportunity.

“In times of tough, like the drought, farmers get very inventive – so they become backyard inventors or tinkers. This is a chance for them to display their wares and hopefully for other farmers to see and often give comment on ways to improve or change. It may lead to the invention getting patoned and then into production,” Jayne said.

This is the first year that the ANFD have decided to run this since The Land Newspaper stopped theirs three years ago, so it is an entirely new competition.

The winner of the competition will receive a trophy, a $100 prize and media coverage.

“The ANFD will also give a free site and two tickets to all the inventors chosen to display their item over the three days at the Field Days. We have put aside a grassed area and pavilion for all the inventors. They will be judged on Thursday by two of the ANFD Committee members and announced at 5pm,” said Jayne.

If this sounds like you or somebody you know, then contact the ANFD on 6362 1588 or email