Awards call goes out for Devon farmers

Devon’s agricultural industry is being reminded that they have until March 16 to nominate local farmers for this year’s Devon Farm Business Awards, staged by the Addington Fund, Devon County Agricultural Association and Stephens Scown Solicitors.

There are six categories for which farmers can enter or be nominated: best commercial farmer, best dairy farmer, best woman in farming, the CAVV John Neason Farm Diversification Award, Devon’s farming champion and best young farmer. 

In addition, the judges will choose Devon’s Farmer of the Year from among the category winners and also present a Lifetime Achievement award.  The awards will be announced and presented at a prestigious dinner on the eve of the Devon County Show, which this year runs from May 17-19 at Westpoint, Exeter.

Sheila Cole, Chairman of Trustees of the Addington Fund, said: "This is an exciting opportunity for those working in the agricultural and business world in Devon to nominate those people who work so hard for farming and for their community. These are so often the unsung heros but this is the moment when they can be acknowledged. Farming has many difficult moments and these awards can show the resilience of everyone and give encouragement to the industry in Devon."   

Nominations for the awards close on March 16 and forms are available from the Addington Fund


For more information contact:
Addington Fund – Andy Newbold T: 01926 620135 [email protected]
Stephens Scown - Mandy Reynolds T: 01392 210700, E: [email protected]
DCAA and Devon County Show - Anne Ashford T: 01823 490965/07971 275840; E: [email protected]

Notes for editors

  • Devon Farm Business Awards are organised by the Addington Fund, the Devon County Agricultural Association and Stephens Scown LLP.
  • This is the fifth year of the Awards.
  • Last year’s winners were:
    Devon Farmer of the Year, sponsored by Mole Valley Farmers, and Best Commercial Farmer, sponsored by PKF Francis Clark - Colin Latham of Higher Stowford Farm near Ilfracombe
    Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by Cornish Mutual - David Fursdon, Lord Lieutenant of Devon
    Best Dairy Farmer, sponsored by Crediton Dairy - Tim Rich of Broadley Farm near Honiton
    Best Woman in Farming, sponsored by NatWest - Rachel Leonard of Northcott Barton Farm, Chumleigh
    CAAV John Neason Diversification Award, co-sponsored by CAAV and Devon County Council - Len and Angela Bartlett of Hayne Farm and Bartlett’s Farm Shop near Honiton
    Farming Champion award, sponsored by NFU and NFU Mutual - Sylvia Crocker of East Raddon Farm near Okehampton
    Devon’s Best Young Farmer award, sponsored by Savills - Richard Tucker of Ditchett Farm near Tiverton