Farmers Weekly Awards Categories

Farmers Weekly Awards are the most established awards in the agriculture industry and includes fifteen categories covering a range of enterprise types looking for the best in farming across the country. This is your chance to show Farmers Weekly why you should be one of our next award winners. It’s free to enter and you can nominate and submit entries in multiple categories.

Lifetime Achievement

The Lifetime Achievement Award is given to a person who has made a unique and special contribution, over a prolonged period to farming. Previous winners of the award include: David Richardson, farmer and journalist; Professor John Nix, author of the Farm Management Pocketbook; and Lord Henry Plumb, former NFU president. We welcome nominations from Farmers Weekly readers.


Farmer of the Year

This award goes to one of the category winners on the night. This is someone who is outstanding in every respect – a pioneer, influencer and leader.


Farming Champion

Farmers Weekly are looking for individuals who have been selfless in their efforts to strengthen British farming in the last 12 months. This could be someone who has campaigned for justice for British farmers, promoted the value of farming to the public or developed business models that has a benefit to British farmers rather than simply to his or her own farm.


Ag Student of the Year

Open to everyone studying an agricultural related degree, NVQ or BTEC course in a British university or college. This can be a first or final year student, but the individual must be in full time college/university education on April 30, 2018. Entries can come directly from individuals or from colleges and universities nominating students.


Arable Farmer of the Year

The awarded arable business is likely to be flexible, collaborative and innovative to increase productivity and profits, despite unpredictable weather, regulation and market volatility. This will be someone who is harnessing and protecting the land’s natural resources to create a truly sustainable arable business in the face of ever increasing market and environmental challenges.


Beef Farmer of the Year

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 winner of this category will be producing high quality cattle to meet the ever-increasing consumer and environmental demands.


Contractor of the Year

The winning contractor will be someone who is regarded as an essential part of their farming customers’ business. They will be market-focused providing a reliable, efficient, punctual and above all, cost effective service to farmers either nationally or regionally.


Dairy Farmer of the Year

Innovative technical skills, cost management and seeking value where possible will be at the heart of the hard pressed dairy sector. 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 of the Year

This category is seeking those who are adding value to the core farm business. This could be through a non-food business (such as caravan parks, turf and wildflowers) or food business (such as farm shops, cheese-making and food box schemes). The key criteria is showing how the diversification is helping to support and deliver a sustainable farm business.


Farm Adviser of the Year

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, livestock specialist or vet. You will be carving out a profitable future for your clients and your expertise could be in all fields affecting farmers including business, marketing, new technologies, product recommendations, government policy and legal issues.


Farm Manager of the Year

The winning farm manager will be running a successful livestock, arable or mixed farming business. This will be someone who, as principal decision-maker, can demonstrate a significant impact on the business – for example through efficiency improvements, restructuring, collaboration or adding value. The judges will be looking for evidence of strong business acumen, excellent staff management and outstanding leadership.


Farmworker of the Year

The winner of this award could be from a range of roles – a tractor driver, herdsman, milker, game keeper, sprayer operator, farm fitter, farm secretary or simply an all-round general worker supporting the farm. The judges will be looking for evidence of your overall contribution to the business, including skills and experience as well as your influence with other staff. Farm workers can enter themselves, or be entered by the farm employer or farm manager.


Mixed Farmer of the Year

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. No single farm sector will be dominant, but there might be two or three that are equally weighted. The judges will be looking for achievements and success in quality, productivity and profitability in each of the farming sectors – and how they work together to create one sustainable farming business.


Pig Farmer of the Year

Recognising the innovation and commitment of pig producers is more important than ever in the current financial climate. 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 of the Year

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 – men and women championing best practice and flying the flag for the British farming industry.


Sheep Farmer of the Year

Are you a successful sheep producer demonstrating excellence in production, stockmanship and management. 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 of the Year

Are you 30 years or under and making a success of managing a distinct area of the family farming business – or even running your own business? 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.


Farmers Weekly Awards Categories


How do I enter?

  • Answer the questions in the key areas outlined in the entry form.
  • You are encouraged to attach supporting documentation to enhance your application (eg. business plans, accounts, environmental, biodiversity audits, research, etc.)
  • Submit your entry
  • Entry deadline is 30 April 2018 at midnight (12:00)
  • If you are posting an entry you must supply 5 copies of your entry

How do I nominate someone for an award?

  • Answer the questions in the key areas outline in the entry form
  • Give the name of your nomination and why they should be shortlisted
  • You are encouraged to attach supporting documentation to enhance your nominations application (eg. business plans, account, environmental, biodiversity audits, research, etc.)
  • Submit your nomination
  • Entry deadline is 2 May 2018 at midnight (12:00)
  • If you are posting a nomination you must supply 5 copies of your nomination

If you are posting your entry or submission send to:

    • 3HR
      Linda Blaker
    • Farmers Weekly Awards
    • Quadrant House
    • Sutton, Surrey, SM2 5AS

How am I judged?

  • All entries will be judged on the questions in the entry form
  • A shortlist of three entries will be selected from each category
  • Those shortlisted will be visited by a judging panel during June and July. This visit will take a minimum of 3 hours
  • A winner for each category will be selected after the on-farm judging visits and the winner’s name will be revealed at the Awards Night on 4 October 2018
  • The overall winner will be selected by a panel of judges

What are the rules?

  • The entrant and partner should be available to attend the Awards Night date, 4 October 2018 at Grosvenor House Hotel, London
  • The judges will need to meet the person, or persons, named on the entry/nomination 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.
Farmers Weekly Awards Categories


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