Farmers Weekly writer wins top award

Farmers Weekly’s machinery editor David Cousins has picked up a top agricultural journalism award.

David, who has worked for the Farmers Weekly Group for more than 30 years, was named the joint winner of the 2012 Netherthorpe Communicator of the Award by the Guild of Agricultural Journalists.

The prestigious award is given to those who make an outstanding and sustained contribution to agricultural journalism. The other winner was Andrew Arbuckle who is rural affairs editor at The Scotsman.

The judges’ citation praised David for his high standards and commitment to honest, no nonsense, entertaining journalism.

There were other wins for Farmers Weekly articles at the award ceremony in London (11 Oct).

Regular contributor Peter Hill won the arable section of the awards sponsored by Yara for an article written for Farmers Weekly on getting to grips with isobus.

Deputy business editor Gemma Mackenzie was runner up in the Grassland/Livestock category.

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