Recognised as a year like no other, 2020 reminded the whole country of the role British farmers play in doing what they do best - producing our food and protecting our countryside for millions of others to enjoy.
Today, the British Farming Awards returns for its ninth year to shine a light on fantastic individuals who are showcasing innovation on farms across the UK under host of different guises.
Supported by Morrisons, the awards celebrate the diversity, resilience and adaptability of farmers across all sectors, no matter the size and scale of their business.
Alongside farming’s core sectors of dairy, beef, sheep, arable and machinery, there is also recognition in other valued groups, such as family farms, students, new entrants, agritech and the huge number of diversifications, which are now so crucial to many businesses.
The awards also welcome nominations of businesses which have introduced new ways of working, whether that be reinventing their businesses following Covid-19, adopting new technology to improve efficiencies, developing new routes to market or educating the general public about the role of farming to the UK’s supply chain and countryside stewardship.
Sophie Throup, Morrisons head of agriculture, fisheries and sustainable sourcing, said:
“It has been a hugely challenging 12 months, with farmers and food-makers across the country putting in a tremendous amount of hard work, innovation, care and skill to keep producing the great British food we eat and enjoy.
“Taking time to recognise, celebrate and be inspired by everyone in our industry and community who do so
much means we are proud once again to support The British Farming Awards.”
Ben Briggs, editor of Farmers Guardian, said: “This year’s British Farming Awards retain a greater urgency than ever before as the industry seeks to recognise the innovation and dedication which has powered agriculture at such a crucial time.
“Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, it is farmers who have fed the nation, shaped the outdoor spaces people have used for recreation, provided rural holiday lets for escapism, and simply continued to build businesses which have grown and flourished during this unprecedented time.
“Counterintuitively, the past 12 months have been a time for growth and expansion for many farm businesses.
That is why we want to hear your stories and thus give your businesses, ideas and people the recognition they truly deserve.”
The closing date for entries is June 25.