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Join Farmers Weekly in celebrating the farming industry and recognising the hard work of UK farmers. Enter the awards today. Farmers Weekly Awards

There are 15 categories that you can enter one or more for free. Not sure which to enter? Visit the categories page that has a short description of each award and to download the entry form.

In addition to the 15 categories, the Farmer of the Year Award is selected by Farmers Weekly and the Farm Innovator selected by the judges from the finalists. The Awards also take nominations for the Lifetime achievement Award and Farming Champion from anyone.


Ag Student

This award is open to everyone studying an agricultural related degree, NVQ or BTEC course at a British university or college. The individual can be in any year of their course.20.

Arable Adviser

Are you a dynamic, successful adviser providing your farming clients with invaluable advice? This category is open to any farming adviser – from business consultant to arable adviser.

Arable Farmer

The awarded arable business is likely to be flexible, collaborative and innovative to increase productivity and profits, despite unpredictable weather, regulation and market volatility.

Beef Farmer

Are you a successful beef farmer with a vision for the future? If so then join the growing band of Farmers Weekly Award winners championing the British farming industry.


The winning contractor will be someone who is regarded as an essential part of their farming customers’ business.

Dairy Farmer

The winner will exemplify all the skills needed to deliver a profitable and sustainable dairy business in the face of challenging market conditions.

Diversification Farmer

This category is seeking those who are adding value to the core farm business. The key criteria is showing how the diversification is helping to support and deliver a sustainable farm business.

Grassland Manager

This award goes to the farmer who makes the very best use of their grassland, delivering the best possible nutritional benefit to their livestock.

Farm Manager

The winning farm manager will be running a successful livestock, arable or mixed farming business. The judges will be looking for evidence of strong business acumen, excellent staff management and outstanding leadership.

Livestock Adviser

Are you a dynamic, successful adviser providing your livestock farming clients with invaluable advice? This category is open to any farming adviser – from business consultant to livestock specialist or vet – who advises livestock farmers.

Mixed Farmer

This category is for farmers and farming businesses who are running a mixed range of complimentary enterprises such as beef, arable and sheep or dairy and arable.

Pig Farmer

The winner of this award will be a pig producer who can demonstrate real change in the business in recent years. The judges will be looking for imaginative approaches to developing the enterprise in terms of production standards, profitability and sustainability.

Poultry Farmer

Are you a successful egg, turkey, goose, duck or chicken meat producer demonstrating excellence in production, marketing and welfare? Then you could join the growing band of finalists and winners.

Sheep Farmer

 The winning sheep farmer will need to demonstrate their achievements in the past few years to deliver a business that is profitable and sustainable.

Young Farmer

The winner of this category will be making a big impact on the farming business they are involved in and demonstrating qualities that mark them out as a future leader and innovator.

5 Top reasons to enter the Farmers Weekly Awards

1. Valuable PR and marketing for your business

2. Recognition for you, your family and your team

3. Greater business confidence and negotiating power

4. Opens doors to new industry contacts, clients and supplier deals

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

Tips on entering the Farmers Weekly Awards

Make your entry stand out from the crowd with these tips for writing your entry.

  Tips to enter the awards  Tell us a story

Your business is probably the product of a generation of hard work. Judges will be looking for the ideas, skills and passion that enabled your business to grow. They will also be looking for a bit of foresight. How are you planning to take advantage of new opportunities? Give them the big picture.


Tips to enter the awards  Get technical

Profitability in farming can come down to the smallest of margins, so we want to hear how you’re driving productivity and cost efficiency. From machinery and breeding innovations to labour restructuring and alternative marketing strategies, show the judges how you’re applying yourself to the challenges of both today and tomorrow.

Tips to enter the awards Show us you’re a leader

In the eyes of the judges, farming is undoubtedly a business for the future and they want to know who’s going to be leading the way. From resource efficiency and environmental stewardship to new enterprises and perhaps a dabbling in ‘agvocacy’, what new frontiers are you pushing?


Tips to enter the awards Be creative

Don’t be afraid of offering us more than a few words on a form. The judges are an impressionable bunch and need to be shown as well as told why you should win. From promotional materials, photographs and even videos to letters of endorsement from farm walks, a bit of colour in the judge’s eye will go a long way.

Tips to enter the awardsStart a dialogue

The world of marketing is shifting rapidly and the means by which we produce our food and energy is in the spotlight more than ever. Judges want to know how you’re working across the supply chain. Are you listening to what’s going on around you as well as talking a good game?


Farmers Weekly AwardsWhat are the rules?

  • The entrant should be available to attend the Awards Night date, 1 October 2020 at Grosvenor House Hotel, London
  • The judges will need to meet the person, or persons, named on the entry form during the farm judging visits which will take place from June to August
  • The finalists’ stories, and their photographs, will appear in Farmers Weekly and its related products as well as local and national press
  • The winner, receiving each award should be the person or persons named on the entry or nomination form.
  • We only accept entries from UK farmers
  • Read more about the terms and conditions here.

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Farmers Weekly Awards celebrate the very best of British farming by recognising and rewarding innovation, hard work and passion for agriculture.

The Farmers Weekly Awards night has become a highlight in the farming social calendar. The 2020 awards will take place on Thursday 1st October at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.