The team behind the Future Farmer Award has begun the search for the very best in Scottish agriculture with the launch of the 2012 award. The accolade looks to reward a farmer, young or old, male or female, livestock or arable for their outstanding contribution to the industry.
The Future Farmer Award is an initiative funded by the Elizabeth Murray Trust and supported by NFU Scotland. Each year a trailblazing Scottish farmer is given £4,000 and a package of practical support to help them promote their ideas to other farmers and land managers.
The Award aims to showcase ways in which Scotland can produce food, fibre and wood products from farms and crofts in a commercially viable way while maintaining the natural capital of the land and minimizing the ecological footprint of farming activities.
Michael Williams, who runs the Future Farmer Award, said:
“Scottish farming has much to be proud of and as an industry we should be ensuring that we demonstrate some of the amazing things that we achieve and the outstanding things that farming contributes to our small country.
“The Future Farmer Award hopes to recognise and reward a farmer who can demonstrate forward thinking, passion and dedication to the farming industry in a way that also shows us how farming and the environment can work hand in hand towards the sustainability of rural Scotland.
“I should like to encourage direct entries or third party nominations that can help us to showcase commercial farming and environmental sustainability. If you work within rural industry I entreat you to spread the word and encourage people to come forward and be recognised.”
Interested parties should visit www.futurefarmer.org.uk/award for information on how to apply. The closing date for applications is Friday 29th April.