Judging


For the awards judging, small groups of category judges will include a sector expert, a leading farming figure in the field and a member of Farmers Guardian staff. The group will discuss the material and then score each entry against each of the judging criteria, ranking the top five entries for each criteria.

2017 Judging Panel

AGRICULTURAL STUDENT OF THE YEAR - Sponsored by Kubota

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Nicola Blowey

2016 Winner

Agricultural Student of the Year

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Rebekah Shields

Director

Agricultural Recruitment Specialists

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Helen Woolley

Director General

CLA

ARABLE INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR - Sponsored by Dow Agrosciences

BFA_2016_Arable-7139_square.jpgJonathan Boaz

2016 Winner

Arable Innovator of the Year

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Matthew Hague

Farm Manager

Moulton College

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To be announced

BEEF INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR - Sponsored by ABP Food Group

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National Director

National Beef Association

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Tori Stanley

2016 Winner

Beef Innovator of the Year

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Head of Trade and Development

AHDB

CONTRACTOR INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR - Sponsored by Fendt

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Matt Redman

2016 Winner

Contractor Innovator of the Year

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Duncan Russell

Chief Executive

National Association Agricultural Contractors

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Jonathan West

Managing Director

FGS Agri

DAIRY INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR - Sponsored by Afimilk

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Scott Kirby

Farm Manager

Harpers Adams University College

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Nigel Hardie

Consultant

The Dairy Group

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To be announced

DIGITAL INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR - Sponsored by Herdwatch

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Laura Fearnall

Partner

The Source

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Amanda Owen

Shepherdess and award winning author

Ravenseat Farm

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Jodie Locking

Head of Marketing - Digital Marketing

Morrisons

DIVERSIFICATION INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR (SMALL) - Sponsored by Firma Foreign Exchange

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Jo Reynolds

2016 Winner

Diversification Innovator (small to medium)

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Mary Miller

Rural Development Consultant

Rural Futures

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To be announced

DIVERSIFICATION INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR (LARGE) - Sponsored by Firma Foreign Exchange

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John Weston

2016 Winner

Diversification Innovator (large)

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Nicholas Hunt

Deputy Head of Agriculture

Santander Corporate and Commercial Banking

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Poul Christensen CBE

Dairy Farmer and Former chair of Natural England

FAMILY FARM OF THE YEAR - Sponsored by Morrisons

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Andrew McCormick

President

NFUS

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Celia Gay

2016 Winner

Family Farm of the Year

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Gina Fusco

Director of Strategy and Marketing

NFU Mutual

FARMERS GUARDIAN FARMING HERO

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Editor

Farmers Guardian

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Danusia Osiowy

Head of Features

Farmers Guardian

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Group Editor

Briefing Media Agriculture

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Warren Butcher

Managing Director

Briefing Media Agriculture

MACHINERY INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR - Sponsored by ArmaTrac

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James Geoghegan

2016 Winner

Machinery Innovator of the Year

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Simon Ratcliffe

Engineering Director

JCB

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To be announced

NEW ENTRANTS AWARD: AGAINST THE ODDS - Sponsored by Massey Ferguson

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Meurig Raymond

President

NFU

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Michael Trayte

2016 Winner

New Entrant: Against the Odds

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Lord Don Curry

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO BRITISH AGRICULTURE - Sponsored by NSF Agriculture

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Editor

Farmers Guardian

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Danusia Osiowy

Head of Features

Farmers Guardian

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Group Editor

Briefing Media Agriculture

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Warren Butcher

Managing Director

Briefing Media Agriculture

SHEEP INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR - Sponsored by Shearwell Data

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Helen Davies

Regional Development Officer

National Sheep Association

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Ben Anthony and Diana Fairclough

2016 Winner

Sheep Innovator of the Year

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Dominic Naylor

Farm Manager

Liburn Estates