The British Farming Awards are back for a fifth year, this time with a brand new venue - the National Conference Centre in Birmingham - and supported by Morrisons, with entries open from today (19th April). Organised by Briefing Media Agriculture, parent company of Farmers Guardian, Arable Farming and Dairy Farmer, there are 14 categories in total.
Alongside farming’s core sectors – dairy, beef, sheep, arable and machinery – there is also a celebration of new entrants coming into the industry, the wealth of diversification businesses and the acknowledgement of an evolving digital presence within farming.
Texel Society members have previously fared well in the competition, reaching the final three on a number of occasions and helping raise the profile of their businesses in the process. Members are encouraged to enter themselves or nominate others they feel are worthy of an award.
Organisers are also looking for entries for Agricultural Student of the Year, Contractor of the Year and Family Farming Business of the Year. Group head of content for Briefing Media Agriculture Emma Penny says: The awards are not about being the biggest and best in a given sector, nor about being the most profitable or at the peak of a business. Instead our categories recognise how British farmers have successfully introduced innovation to drive their business forward, despite ever increasing challenges.
“From the smallest businesses to the larger units and from start-ups to those which are long established, the British Farming Awards is a reflection of the diversity, innovation and strength of spirit across our industry."
Andrew Thornber, Morrisons Manufacturing Managing Director, says: “Morrisons is pleased to sponsor The British Farming Awards. We understand that it is important for British farmers and it’s really important for Morrisons because we rely on British farming being successful.
“If our customers are going to buy more British food and support the British countryside, it’s imperative to show them what farmers do every day, their high standards, and great work to feed our communities and families."
If you have re-invented your business, changed your approach, developed a new agricultural input, adopted new technology or launched a farm diversification, the organisers want to hear from you.
To enter or nominate someone you feel is doing an exceptional job and deserves recognition for their efforts, simply complete the online application form by Friday, July 14, 2017.
For more information on the awards, individual categories and tips on entering, visit www.britishfarmingawards.co.uk
The awards welcome individual entries but also nominations from friends, family or fellow professionals.