ONE month remains before entries close for The Yorkshire’s Post inaugural Farmer of the Year Award 2015.
The award is devised to reward a local farmer for their outstanding contribution to the public’s understanding of food production.
Agriculture is an increasing debated topic, with the uproar following the horsegate scandal, and other food health alerts, the public has grown increasingly interested in where the nation’s food comes from and how it is produced.
Many of this county’s farmers are leading the way in engaging with the public about what goes on in their fields, barns and parlours. Farm shops retain loyal custom, farm attractions bring families closer to the on-farm action, and once again a raft of Yorkshire farmers will welcome the public onto their farms on Open Farm Sunday on June 7.
This public-facing role is vitally important to press home the quality and provenance of British food reared and produced here in Yorkshire and we want to celebrate the best examples of farmers who embrace this approach.
The Yorkshire Post’s Farmer of the Year Award, in association with Andersons, the farm business consultants, will be presented to the winner at the Great Yorkshire Show in Harrogate which takes place this year on July 14-16.
Nigel Pulling, chief executive of the show’s organisers at the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, said: “The Yorkshire Post competition gets to the heart of a very important aspect of agriculture – celebrating those who are ambassadors for our industry, particularly by increasing knowledge and understanding of farming.
“We are delighted to host the final at the Great Yorkshire Show and hope the competition will be an inspiration to others to enthuse and engage with the public.”
Farmers wishing to be considered for this high-profile award have until June 12 to submit 500 words, explaining how they engage with the public, to: Ben Barnett, Country Week, The Yorkshire Post, 26 Whitehall Road, Leeds, LS12 1BE. Alternatively, please email entries to firstname.lastname@example.org