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.

Judging Process

An independent panel of judges will select all our winners. There will be a short telephone interview for all shortlisted entries, you can find the dates for these interviews on the Frequently Asked Questions page.

2019 Judging Panel

Agricultural Student of the Year – sponsored by Kubota

Aimee Budge

2018 winner
Agricultural Student of the Year

Katie Hall

Chair of National Council
National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs

James Trett

Managing Director
JP Trett

Alex Black

Business Reporter/Analyst
Farmers Guardian

Arable Innovator of the Year – sponsored by Spaldings

David Fuller-Shapcott

2018 winner
Arable Innovator of the Year

David Miller

Director
Wheatsheaf Farming Company

Dr Lydia Smith

Head
NIAB Innovation Farm

Alice Dyer

Arable Technical Specialist
Farmers Guardian

Beef Innovator of the Year – sponsored by ABP Food Group

James Duerden

2018 Winner
Beef Innovator of the Year

Chris Mallon

Chief Executive
National Beef Association

John Mercer

Director
NFU Cymru

Katie Jones

Head of Livestock
Farmers Guardian

Contractor Innovator of the Year – sponsored by Kuhn

Charles Baker

Chairman
National Association of Agricultural Contractors

Andrew Howseman

2018 winner
Contractor Innovator of the Year

Edward Stephenson

Harvesting Division Sales Manager
John Deere Limited

Howard Walsh

Former Business Editor
Farmers Guardian

Dairy Innovator of the Year – sponsored by Dairymaster

Jonathan Crickmore

2018 winner
Dairy Innovator of the Year

Nick Holt-Martyn

Principal Consultant
The Dairy Group

Abi Reader

Dairy Farmer, Co Founder of #CowsOnTour
Goldsland Farm

Peter Hollinshead

Head of Dairy and Editor of Dairy Farmer
Farmers Guardian

Digital Innovator of the Year

Emily Ball

Account Director
Reverberate PR

Thomas Pemberton

2018 winner
Digital Innovator of the Year

Louis Wells

Solutions and Services Manager
BASF

Ryan Wood

Head of Digital
Farmers Guardian

Diversification Innovator of the Year (small to medium)

Steven Holmes

2018 winner
Diversification (small to medium) Innovator of the Year

Brian Richardson

UK Head of Agriculture
Clydesdale Bank

Ben Briggs

Editor
Farmers Guardian

Ronnie Ownsworth

Ambassador
Love British Food

Diversification Innovator of the Year (large)

Rosie Hopkins

Business Manager
Business Barn

Kathryn Mitchell

2018 winner
Diversification (large) Innovator of the Year

Sophie Throup

Agriculture Manager
Morrisons

Lauren Dean

Reporter
Farmers Guardian

Farm Worker of the Year – Sponsored by Isuzu UK

Ian Lindsay

Consultant
LKL Services

James Stewart

Director
Stewart Trailers

Jacqueline Walsh

Recruitment Manager
Farm Solutions

Danusia Osiowy

Events Producer
British Farming Awards

Family Farm of the Year – sponsored by Morrisons

Helen Gough

Associate
MFG Solicitors

Alison Kerr

2018 Winner
Family Farming Business of the Year

Andrew McCormick

President
NFUS Scotland

Hannah Noble

Livestock Specialist
Farmers Guardian

Farmers Guardian Farming Hero – Sponsored by JCB

Ben Briggs

Editor
Farmers Guardian

Warren Butcher

Managing Director
Farmers Guardian

Olivia Midgley

Head of News, Business and Analysis
Farmers Guardian

Danusia Osiowy

Events Producer
British Farming Awards

Machinery and Farm Technology of the Year – sponsored by ArmaTrac

Iain & Stephen Birnie

2018 Winners
Machinery and Farm Technology of the Year

Robin Normington

Sales and Marketing Manager
Albutt

Jonathan Wilson

General Sales Manager
Perkins

Alex Heath

Machinery Reporter
Farmers Guardian

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

Kev Bevan

Senior Consultant
SRUC

Thomas Binns

NFU Hill and Upland Forum Chair
NFU

Rhidian Glyn

2018 winner
New Entrant Award: Against the Odds

Hannah Park

Livestock Specialist
Farmers Guardian

Outstanding Contribution to British Agriculture – sponsored by NSF International

Ben Briggs

Editor
Farmers Guardian

Warren Butcher

Managing Director
Farmers Guardian

Olivia Midgley

Head of News, Business and Analysis
Farmers Guardian

Danusia Osiowy

Events Producer
British Farming Awards

Sheep Innovator of the Year

Peter Baber

Commercial sheep breeder and Consultant
Weir Park Farm

Sam Jones

2018 Winner
2018 Sheep Innovator of the Year

Lis King

Sheep Scientist
AHDB

Angela Calvert

Head of Livestock Sales
Farmers Guardian

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NEWSLETTER SIGNUP

“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