Frequently Asked Questions

You can enter as many categories as you like, but you must complete a separate submission for each category.

The awards are open to all UK farmers regardless of size, scale or sector.

Complete the simple, online form and follow the instructions.

Yes, we welcome any additional information you can give us to support your application. We also welcome supporting photographs and/or short videos.

The size and scale of your business is absolutely not being judged. The awards are specifically designed to recognise farmers who have gone that extra mile to innovate in their business.

The deadline for entries has been extended to Sunday 21st July 2019.

An independent panel of judges will select all our winners. There will be a short telephone interview for all shortlisted entries, the dates for these interviews are below, please keep these in mind.

Beef Innovator – Tuesday 13th August

Contractor Innovator – Tuesday 13th August

Dairy Innovator – Wednesday 14th August

Digital Innovator – Wednesday 14th August

Diversification Large – Thursday 15th August

Diversification small – Thursday 15th August

Family farming – Friday 16th August

Farm worker – Friday 16th August

Machinery – Monday 19th August

Sheep – Tuesday 20th August

Arable Innovator – Tuesday 20th August

New Entrant – Wednesday 21st August

Agricultural student – Wednesday 21st August

We will contact all shortlisted entrants by 31st July 2019.

The announcement of the winners will be made at the British Farming Awards on the 17th October 2019 at the National Conference Centre, Birmingham.

You can book tickets using our website, the link will be live on shortlist announcement – register for your interest for a seat here.


“To be nominated for this award was a great thing, to be a finalist was awesome, to win it is unbelievable really.”

Steven Holmes, 2018 Diversification Innovator of the Year (Small to Medium), Farmyard Ales, Moss Edge Farm, Lancashire

“I’m over the moon. It’s a brilliant industry to get into, it’s diverse and every day is different. You’ve got to work hard, put the hours in, but the reward comes in the end.”

Rhidian Glyn, 2018 New Entrant Award: Against the Odds, Rhiwgriafol, R. & E. Glyn, Powys

“Winning was the biggest surprise – ever!   lots of people supported me on the night as the venue was so close for us. Walking up to the stage was something I will never forget. ”

Sam Jones, 2018 Sheep Innovator of the Year, Brookhouse Farm, E. Jones & Son, Worcestershire

“Just to be a finalist and sat there in this room full of such inspirational people was enough, to win was just something else!”

Kathryn Mitchell, 2018 Diversification Innovator of the Year (large), The Lambing Shed Farm Shop, Moseley Hall Farm, Cheshire