The British Farming Awards are back for 2016 – bigger and better and ready to celebrate the industry.
Recognising hard work, innovation and determination in farming, the awards recognise the achievements of grass roots farmers working within the UK agricultural industry.
There are 15 categories in total, recognising farming’s core sectors – arable, beef, sheep, dairy and machinery – as well as acknowledging the vast array of farm diversifications emerging as farmers add value to their businesses.
To champion new blood in the industry, there is the Agricultural Student of the Year and a New Entrants awards, recognising the tough challenges facing individuals trying to get started in farming without the security of a family farm.
New to this year is the Contractor of the Year Award, which highlights individuals who have identified a niche in the market to grow their business.
There is often a perception when entering awards that you have to be the biggest and best in the industry, but the British Farming Awards aims to showcase innovation and adaptability – no matter what the size and scale of the business.
The British Farming Awards are organised by Briefing Media Agriculture, parent company of Farmers Guardian, Dairy Farmer and Arable Farming.
Group Editor Emma Penny says: “We are delighted with the success of the awards and that we have been able to recognise up-and-coming talent in the industry, as well as bringing well-deserved attention to those doing a great job for their own businesses and, in some cases (as with our Farming Hero award), the industry as a whole.
“If you have re-invented your business, changed your approach, developed a new agricultural input, adopted new technology or launched a farm diversification, we want to hear from you.”
To enter, complete the entry process online at www.britishfarmingawards.co.uk or, alternatively, if you know someone who you feel is doing an exceptional job and needs to be recognised, you can nominate them by visiting the website.
The closing date for entries is July 15, 2016, and the awards will be presented on what once again promises to be a fantastic evening with the farming community at the Chateau Impney Hotel, Droitwich Spa, on October 20.