Judging 2017-08-10T08:30:23+00:00

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

Nicola Blowey

2016 Winner
Agricultural Student of the Year

Rebekah Shields

Director
Agricultural Recruitment Specialists

Helen Woolley

Director General
CLA

Arable Innovator of the Year – sponsored by Agrosciences

Jonathan Boaz

2016 Winner
Arable Innovator of the Year

Matthew Hague

Farm Manager
Moulton College

Tori Morgan

Combinable Crop Adviser
NFU

Beef Innovator of the Year – sponsored by ABP Food Group

Chris Mallon

National Director
National Beef Association

Tori Stanley

2016 Winner
Beef Innovator of the Year

Mike Whittemore

Head of Trade and Development
AHDB

Contractor Innovator of the Year – sponsored by Fendt

Matt Redman

2016 Winner
Contractor Innovator of the Year

Duncan Russell

Chief Executive
National Association Agricultural Contractors

Jonathan West

Managing Director
FGS Agri

Dairy Innovator of the Year – sponsored by Afimilk

Scott Kirby

Farm Manager
Harpers Adams University College

Nigel Hardie

Consultant
The Dairy Group

Mike King

Chairman
RABDF

Digital Innovator of the Year – sponsored by Herdwatch

Laura Fearnall

Partner
The Source

Amanda Owen

Shepherdess and award winning author
Ravenseat Farm

Jodie Locking

Head of Marketing – Digital Marketing
Morrisons

Diversification Innovator of the Year (small to medium) – sponsored by Firma Foreign Exchange

Jo Reynolds

2016 Winner
Diversification Innovator (small to medium)

Mary Miller

Rural Development Consultant
Rural Futures

Neil Wilson

Head of agriculture
HSBC

Diversification Innovator of the Year (large) – sponsored by Firma Foreign Exchange

John Weston

2016 Winner
Diversification Innovator (large)

Nicholas Hunt

Nicholas Hunt

Deputy Head of Agriculture
Santander Corporate and Commercial Banking

Poul Christensen CBE

Dairy Farmer and Former chair
of Natural England

Family Farm of the Year – sponsored by Morrisons

Andrew McCormick

President
NFUS

Celia Gay

2016 Winner
Family Farm of the Year

Gina Fusco

Director of Strategy and Marketing
NFU Mutual

Farmers Guardian farming Hero

Ben Briggs

Editor
Farmers Guardian

Danusia Osiowy

Head of Features
Farmers Guardian

Emma Penny

Group Editor
Briefing Media Agriculture

Warren Butcher

Managing Director
Briefing Media Agriculture

Machinery Innovator of the Year – sponsored by ArmaTrac

James Geoghegan

2016 Winner
Machinery Innovator of the Year

Simon Ratcliffe

Engineering Director
JCB

To be announced

New Entrants Award: Against the odds – sponsored by Massey Ferguson

Meurig Raymond

President
NFU

Michael Trayte

2016 Winner
New Entrant: Against the Odds

Lord Don Curry

Outstanding Contribution to British Agriculture – sponsored by NSF Agriculture

Ben Briggs

Editor
Farmers Guardian

Danusia Osiowy

Head of Features
Farmers Guardian

Emma Penny

Group Editor
Briefing Media Agriculture

Warren Butcher

Managing Director
Briefing Media Agriculture

Sheep Innovator of the Year – sponsored by Shearwell Data

Helen Davies

Regional Development Officer
National Sheep Association

Ben Anthony and Diana Fairclough

2016 Winner
Sheep Innovator of the Year

Dominic Naylor

Farm Manager
Liburn Estates

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