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The Awards

The Farmers Weekly Awards recognise and reward farmers for innovation, commitment to the industry and hard work.

The Awards showcase the best farmers in the country by telling their stories. They aim to spread best practice, inspire others and influence the public about the role that farmers play in today’s society.

This is the tenth Farmers Weekly Awards and to mark this event, we have updated the categories to reflect the innovation and evolution of the farming industry.

The categories now include Farm Employer of the Year and Sustainable Farmer of the Year.

 

Past Winners Awards Night

The Categories

There are 15 categories available to enter plus a Farming Champion Award, selected by the NFU and Farmers Weekly.

From the 15 categories, an overall Farmer of the Year is also selected by the judges.

There are two new categories - Farm Employer of the Year and Sustainable Farmer of the Year.

Farm Employer of the Year reflects the professional approach that farming businesses now employ to secure skilled staff, efficient production and strong relationships with their customers and buyers. This is at the heart of attracting the brightest and best in the industry. A well trained and ambition team are at the heart of every successful commercial business - farming is no different.

Sustainable Farmer of the Year showcases what so many farming businesses are now doing to protect precious natural resources, nurture wildlife and biodiversity and minimise the impact of farm production methods on the countryside. This new category is looking for individuals who are embracing fully integrated methods of production and green energy in order to deliver a business that is fully sustainable.

You can nominate a farmer who you think deserves recognition or you can enter the awards yourself directly.

The Award categories:

You can nominate someone or enter one of 15 categories

  1. Arable Farmer of the Year
  2. Beef Farmer of the Year
  3. Contractor of the Year
  4. Dairy Farmer of the Year
  5. Diversification Farmer of the Year
  6. Farm Adviser of the Year
  7. Farm Employer of the Year
  8. Farm Manager of the Year
  9. Farmworker of the Year
  10. Local Food Farmer of the Year
  11. Pig Farmer of the Year
  12. Poultry Farmer of the Year
  13. Sheep Farmer of the Year
  14. Sustainable Farmer of the Year
  15. Young Farmer of the Year

From this group the judges select the Farmer of the Year

Lifetime Achievement Award – chosen by the Awards director

Farming Champion Award – selected by the NFU and Farmers Weekly


Five reasons to enter

  • Recognition for you, your family and your team
  • Opens doors to new industry contacts, clients and supplier deals
  • Valuable PR and marketing for your business
  • Greater business confidence and negotiating power
  • The chance to experience the best night out in farming for you and your partner

But don’t just take our word from it. Here’s what last year’s overall winner said:

Lord Robert Newborough, 2013 Farmers Weekly Farmer of the Year and Diversification Farmer of the Year

“Winning the 2013 Farmers Weekly has been very positive for the business. It has opened doors which would not have been so easy to do before and strengthened our brand nationally.

We had record Christmas sales here and overseas with new markets in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and shortly Muskat.

We have co-branded products with Plum baby foods – all new packaging includes the Rhug brand. We have also worked with Isuzu, Subaru and Plum Baby on joint competitions, which has generated thousands of responses.

The Rhug Estate restaurant also received Michelin recognition in its 2014 guide. The PR coverage of `Colditz’ the story of the turkey that escaped the `royal platter’ has also helped boost our brand recognition.”

Timeline

Oct
1

Nominations open

You can nominate someone or enter a category yourself.

Jan
31

Entries open

You can enter for the one of the 15 awards categories.

May
6

Entry closing date

You must have your entry in by midnight on Tuesday 6 May 2014.

May
1

Judging

The judging takes place throughout May, June and July.

Oct
2

Awards ceremony

The 2014 Awards night ceremony and winners announced.