Orchards say they're struggling to find skilled workers despite offering good pay.
The Ministry for Primary Industries says it's unlikely a plant pest recently detected in New Zealand will be able to be eradicated.
Researchers recommended limiting the access of feral and pet cats to farm sites.
The awards recognised the "champions" of biosecurity in the country.
O'Connor will find out later on Monday whether he will stay on as Agriculture Minister.
The collars use sound and vibrations to guide and contain cows.
Courgette prices reached an all-time high in July.
As unemployment is expected to rise, Kiwis are moving into the sector that needs their help.
"We're trying to make it more attractive by bringing in opportunities for them."