2010 FW Awards: Give your team the recognition they deserve

If putting yourself forward for an award flies against your natural modesty, then think of the family and team behind you. The 2010 Farmers Weekly Awards are a great opportunity to get recognition for everyone involved in the farming business – not just the man, or woman, fronting it.

The feedback from our growing gallery of winners and finalists – now totalling more than 200 farmers – is how important their family and staff are to their success. It is their skills, hard work and loyalty that have enabled them to take their businesses forward.

So that’s why you will see our 2009 winners, along with their hard working teams, in the promotional campaign for the awards categories in forthcoming issues of Farmers Weekly. That’s not to say that you cannot enter if you have no team.

The sponsors responsible for supporting the awards are showcased. This powerful collective force not only wields influence and expertise inside and outside the farming industry, but is also the team whose commitment enables FW to deliver the awards year on year.

The companies they represent span the whole food chain – from retailers to traditional farming suppliers and farming groups to government organisations.

This is your opportunity to put farming and your farm business on the map. It’s an opportunity to show the world that British farmers are the best.

Tell us your story by entering one of the categories. It’s free, and easy, to enter. Click here or call Marion Phillips on 020 8652 4081.


Nick Padwick: 2009 Farmers Weekly Farmer of the Year

Being the 2009 Farmer of the Year is a humbling experience – and in my wildest dreams I didn’t image that I could be the person lifting the gold trophy last October. The calibre of farmers who won the other categories was fantastic and I was simply proud to be alongside them. I urge everyone who thinks they are running a professional farm business to enter the 2010 Awards. So if I can win the Farmers Weekly Farmer of the Year, then anyone can!

The 2010 categories

Enter or nomimate:

• Arable Farmer of the Year Sponsored by British Sugar

• Beef Farmer of the Year Sponsored by McDonalds

• Contractor of the Year Sponsored by JCB

• Countryside Farmer of the Year Sponsored by Natural England

• Dairy Farmer of the Year Sponsored by DairyCo

• Diversification Farmer of the Year Sponsored by Firestone

• Farm Manager of the Year Sponsored by Claas

• Green Energy Farmer of the Year Sponsored by Marks & Spencer

• Livestock Adviser of the Year Sponsored by Silotite

• Local Food Farmer of the Year Sponsored by Asda

• Pig Farmer of the Year

• Poultry Farmer of the Year Sponsored by Cherry Valley

• Sheep Farmer of the Year

• Young Farmer of the Year Sponsored by Massey Ferguson


• Farming Champion of the Year Sponsored by the NFU

Reasons to enter

• Recognition for you, your family and your team

• Doors open to new industry contacts, clients and supplier deals

• Valuable PR and marketing for your business – and British farming

• Greater business confidence for you and your team

• The chance to experience the best night out in farming for you and your partner

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