Did you know that this year we’re celebrating 20 years of the National Rural Ambassador Award? To celebrate, we’ve been catching up with the 19 individuals who have held the prestigious title since 2001.

It was the Pinnaroo Show Committee who suggested to Jeremy Schutz that he’d be great for the national rural ambassador program.

It turns out they were on the money and Jeremy took out the local title in 2014. At the time he was living in Pinnaroo, South Australia, working on the family farm and playing sport. 

He’s still a Pinnaroo resident but these days he and wife Elise are at the helm of the family farm, having taken over from Jeremy’s parents. They’re also busy parents to Harper, 3, and Jed, 1. 

Jeremy’s been involved with the local show for 17 years, was president for five years, and is still on the committee today. He said the rural ambassador program has helped him in many ways. 

“The networking opportunities were the best thing as I still keep in contact with a number of people I met throughout the year,” Jeremy said. 

“It helped me evolve as a person and helped with ideas that I could take back home on the farm.”