Search under way for Devon Farm Business Awards winners 2018

The search is on for excellence in Devon agriculture as the fifth Devon Farm Business Awards were launched this week.

The awards highlight the excellence and dynamism of farming in Devon at a time of great uncertainty within the agricultural sector and are organised by the Addington Fund, the Devon County Agricultural Association (DCAA) and leading regional solicitors Stephens Scown. 

Sheila Cole, Chairman of Trustees of the Addington Fund said: “The Devon Farm Business Awards are a wonderful opportunity to celebrate all that is great about Devon’s farmers. The Addington Fund is deeply committed to helping the farming community in Devon. Farmers are not great at singing their own praises, but these awards are a real chance for the county’s farmers to receive the recognition they so richly deserve. The trustees are very grateful for the ongoing support of Stephens Scown, Devon County Agricultural Association and all the sponsors, which has contributed greatly to the success of the Awards.”

Phil Reed, partner and head of rural services at Stephens Scown said: “Farmers are notoriously reluctant to shout about their success, but that is exactly what we need to do. The Devon Farm Business Awards is our way of saying thank you and celebrating success. Please take the time to put yourself forward, or nominate another farmer who is doing great things. We need to give the sector the recognition it deserves for the enormous contribution it makes to all of our lives.”

Mrs Mary Quicke MBE, Chairman of the DCAA, said: “The Devon Farm Business Awards provide so many inspiring examples of how family farming businesses are rising to the many challenges of today’s world.  And that has never been more important, given the many uncertainties that still surround the Brexit process and its implications for farming.  What we can be sure of, however, is that the best farming businesses, in terms not only of production efficiency, but also customer focus and environmental awareness, will survive and prosper whatever the future holds.

“By turning the spotlight on those businesses, and highlighting the lessons they provide, the awards have a key role in equipping us for that future.  Not just the DCAA, but the industry as a whole in Devon and beyond, owes a great debt of gratitude to our sponsors for making the awards possible, with all the benefits they bring.”

Farmers and growers in Devon are invited to apply for one of the following categories:
Best Commercial Farmer
Best Dairy Farmer
The CAAV John Neason Diversification Award
Devon’s Best Young Farmer
Best Woman in Farming
Farming Champion
Lifetime Achievement Award

Devon’s Farmer of the Year will be awarded from the category winners.

Entries close on March 16, 2018, with the winners being announced at a gala dinner to be held on the eve of the Devon County Show, on Wednesday, May 16 at the showground at Westpoint, Exeter.

Information about the awards, the various categories and how to enter can be found at www.addingtonfund.org.uk/event-type/devon-farm-business-awards

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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