Do you run an efficient farm business? Have you adapted to the changing needs of the countryside, as well as those of your customers? Are you the best in your field?

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If so, put yourself in the spotlight by entering the 2009 Farmers Weekly Awards.

You can enter yourself into one of 14 categories that cover the whole range of farming sectors, from arable to beef, countryside to contractor, pigs to poultry.

You can also nominate someone who you think deserves to have their achievements and innovation recognised.

There are many reasons why entering these awards can benefit your business.

As well as giving you, your family and staff recognition for hard work and commitment, being shortlisted for an award opens doors to new industry contacts, clients and supplier deals.

Adrian Ivory, the 2008 Farmers Weekly Farmer of the Year and Young Farmer of the Year, sponsored by Massey Ferguson, is still on a high.

“Taking part in the awards and winning has significantly enhanced my profile within the industry. Even the ministers of Scotland and England seem to know who I am.”

Adrian will be swapping his wellies for a chef’s hat later this year when he changes places with Masterchef and RASE president John Torode in his restaurant Smiths of Smithfield.

Meanwhile, John is preparing for his visit to Adrian’s Strathisla Farms in Perthshire at the end of March.