30 November 2001

Who will you vote as top personality?

READERS have just two weeks to win a magnificent £200 food hamper by voting in this years Farm Personality of the Year Awards.

The closing date for votes is less than 10 days away – so make sure that you play a part in deciding who has done the most for British farming during 2001.

We want you to take the opportunity to make it clear what you think about some of the people at the top – good or bad. This year is the first time we have had a farm villain category. A pair of wellies awaits the winner and we look forward to printing some of the reasons – although some are so "colourful" they cant make it into print.

The farm personality category aims to single out those individuals worthy of praise for inspiring people or going beyond the call of duty. Maybe you believe Nina Planck of London Farmers Markets should have your vote for her work in developing the farmers market network which has helped boost incomes, especially for smaller producers.

Or perhaps you think Gordon Gatward of the ARC Addington Fund deserves thanks for his contribution to making sure farmers and others in the rural community have access to emotional and practical assistance in times of trouble.

To register your vote, fill out the form provided and send it to us by Dec 10, (fax 020-8652 4005 or visit our web-site www.fwi.co.uk).

Remember that we can only enter you in the prize draw for the hamper if you provide your name and address. &#42

First Lady of farmers markets? Nina Planck with former minister Nick Brown.

farmers weekly Farm Personalityof the Year Awards

My vote for the farmers weekly Farm Personality of the Year Award goes to: (Please tick one box)

Brigadier Alex Birtwistle, for using his military expertise to lead the fight against foot-and-mouth in Cumbria.

Phoenix the calf, for highlighting the tragic slaughter of thousands of healthy animals leading to questions about the governments culling policies.

NFU president Ben Gill for his leadership during the most harrowing 12 months in living memory.

Gordon Gatward, director of the Arthur Rank Centre, for his work with the ARC Addington Fund and other groups offering farmers emotional and financial support.

Duke of Westminster, for highlighting the plight of the industry by waiving his tenants rents and making a generous donation to funds supporting farmers.

Anthony Gibson, regional director for the NFU in the south west, for passionately speaking out on behalf of farmers in his region affected by F&M.

Guy Thomas-Everard, Somerset beef producer, for standing up to officials to protect his 1000 head of healthy cattle from the slaughtermen.

Nina Planck, founder of London Farmers Markets, for her work in helping to promote UK farmers markets.

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The following candidate deserves recognition for the misery and hurt he/she has helped inflict on the British agricultural industry during the past year.

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Please post your entry by Dec 10 to Farm Personality of the Year Awards,

farmers weekly, Quadrant House, The Quadrant, Sutton, Surrey, SM2 5AS. Or you can fax your reply to 020-8652 4005, e-mail: farmers.weekly@rbi.co.uk or visit our web-site: www.fwi.co.uk