October 21, 2020

The finalists for the 2020 British Farming Awards are announced

The British Farming Awards 2020 has welcomed a record number of registrations this year, a testament to the incredible work being done on farms throughout Britain.

Fifty-six individuals will now battle it out for the 14 categories up for grabs which highlight the innovation and diversity of UK agriculture.

Alongside the core sectors of agriculture including dairy, beef, sheep, arable and contracting, the awards also celebrate new entrants coming into the industry, the wealth of diversification businesses and family farms and recognition to the evolving presence of agri technology within agriculture.

A further two awards – Outstanding Contribution to British Agriculture and Farmers Guardian Farming Hero – will be announced during the awards evening which will be held virtually on Wednesday, October 21.

Organised by AgriBriefing, parent company of Farmers Guardian, Arable Farming and Dairy Farmer, the British Farming Awards is supported by Morrisons.

Innovation

Now entering its eighth year, the British Farming Awards has become a nationally recognised event which has celebrated, showcased and rewarded hundreds of British farmers who have successfully introduced innovation to drive their business forward, despite ever-increasing challenges.

As households around the nation have relied on farmers and local producers to serve the nation during the Covid-19 pandemic, the industry has welcomed a new appreciation from the public and this year’s event is more poignant than ever.

Sophie Throup, Head of Agriculture, Fisheries and Sustainable Sourcing at Morrisons, said the awards was a welcome reminder of the dedication and hard work demonstrated by UK farmers all year round.

She said: “In these unprecedented times, we would like to thank and celebrate the work of British farmers and growers who are helping to feed the nation.

“At Morrisons, we have always valued British farming and being able to buy products directly from farms for our stores and the many food banks who rely on us is now more important than ever.

“The awards provides us with a timely reminder to pause and acknowledge the effort, innovation and skills which go into providing food farmed to high standards that we all enjoy.”

For more information on the awards and information on the finalists visit www.britishfarmingawards.co.uk. For shortlist photos and information visit our media hub at  https://www.britishfarmingawards.co.uk/media-hub-access/

2020 British Farming Awards finalists

The awards welcomed individual entries but also nominations from fellow professionals and peers.

  • Agricultural Student of the Year, sponsored by Kubota

Oliver Chapman, Riseholme College

Megan Edwards, Harper Adams University

Hannah McGrath, Rothamsted Research and University of Reading

Grace Welling, Harper Adams University

  • Agri-Tech Innovator of the Year, sponsored by Clydesdale & Yorkshire Bank

David Farquhar, Intelligent Growth Solutions, Perthshire

Tom Freeman, 18a Productions, Somerset

Seonaid Ross, SoilEssentials, Angus

Marc Skivington, Smart Farmer, Aberdeenshire

  • Arable Innovator of the Year

Richard Anthony, Tythegston Farm, Glamorgan

Charles Antrobus, Greenways Farm, Warwickshire

Edward Burman, Kingstanding Farm, Warwickshire

George Young, Fobbing Farm, Essex

  • Beef Innovator of the Year, sponsored by ABP Food Group

Mark Crapper, New Grange Farm, Yorkshire

Ben Harman, Grove Farm, Buckinghamshire

Andrew Hodgson, Cheverton Farm, Isle of Wight

Jon Smith, Holkham Farming Company, Norfolk

  • Contractor Innovator of the Year, sponsored by Kuhn

Rob Burtonshaw, Farm Services, Warwickshire

Ashley Luke and Chelsea Steel, A J Luke Contracting Ltd, Somerset

Angus Newton, Aon Services, Norfolk

Steven Rolfe, Stevie Rolfe Cattle Services, Lanarkshire

  • Dairy Innovator of the Year sponsored by Arla

George and William Holmes, Holmes Farms, Dorset

Tom Neill, Thornington Farm, Northumberland

Anthony Oakes, Stublach Farm, Cheshire

Tom Rawson and Charlie Crotty, Evolution Farming, Yorkshire

  • Digital Innovator of the Year

 Chris Franklin, Caenhill Countryside Centre, Wiltshire

David Hill, The Greatest Online Agricultural Show, Berkshire

Anna Jones, Just Farmers, Bristol

Jo Martin, Rural Business Network, Co Durham

  • Diversification Innovator of the Year (Small to medium)

David and Felicity Brown, Hoe Grange Holidays, Derbyshire

Andrew and Jenny Jones, Rackery Retreat, Wrexham

Claire Kennerley, Gruff Outdoor Learning, Cheshire

Nicola Sanderson, Senwick Leisure, Dumfries and Galloway

  • Diversification Innovator of the Year (Large)

Edward Dee, West Lodge Rural Centre, Northamptonshire

Patrick Deeley, Flower Farm, Surrey

Ben Hollins, Fordhall Farm Event Caterers, Shropshire

Tim and Kate Mason, Vale Training Services, Buckinghamshire

  • Family Farming Business of the Year, sponsored by Morrisons

The Elliott family, Noborough Lodge Farm, Northamptonshire

The Hamilton family, Plurenden Manor Farm, Kent

The Hodgson family, Great Newsome Farm, Yorkshire

The Nicholson family, Cannon Hall Farm, Yorkshire

  • Farm Worker of the Year, sponsored by ABN

Murray Craig, Swindale Foot Farm, Cumbria

Paul Evans, Aberbrwynen Farm, Ceredigion

Shaun Mckay, The Farm, Shropshire

Andrew Moss, Park Corner Farms, Gloucestershire

  • Machinery Innovator of the Year

Chris Ecob, Nursery Farm, Oxfordshire

Falkiner Small, Cedar Lodge, Co Armagh

Gordon Stephen, Wagglehill Croft, Aberdeenshire

Paul Wilson, Leek Farm, Northumberland

  • New Entrants Award: Against the odds, sponsored by KW

Martyn and Claire Eastham, Newhouse Farm, Dorset

Ben Lowe, Newseat Of Dumbreck Farm, Aberdeenshire

Rachel Yarrow and Fraser Norton, Earth Trust Farm, Oxfordshire

Ross and Kirsty Williams, Upper Tullochbeg, Aberdeenshire

  • Sheep Innovator of the Year, sponsored by Dunbia

Jeremy Durrant, The Hydes, Essex

John Howie, Girtridge Farm, Ayrshire

John Minary, Operation Bo Peep!, Yorkshire

  • Farmers Guardian’s Farming Hero

This award recognises an individual or group of people who strive to make a positive difference to the lives of other people during times of uncertainty or adversity. They may also be campaigning to raise awareness to the wider industry and beyond. The winner will be announced on the evening of the awards.

  • Outstanding Contribution to British Agriculture, sponsored by NSF International

This award is designed to recognise one individual’s dedication to the farming industry; someone who has worked tirelessly for UK farming, through delivering innovation, championing the needs for farmers, spearheading change or promoting the industry to the wider public. The winner will be announced on the evening of the awards.

For more information about the awards evening visit www.britishfarmingawards.co.uk/awards-night