The JudgingAll written entries will be judged against the set criteria as outlined in the entry form by our exclusive panel of expert judges. From this three finalists in each category will be chosen
Meet the Judges
Guy Poskitt, Managing Director of Mark H Poskitt Ltd
Guy has run and grown a successful farming business in Yorkshire for over 30 years taking the business from a relatively small arable Farm to a large scale vegetable producer farming over 6000 ac employing 300 people with a turnover of £35 million. Guy has won several awards including farmers weekly farmer of the year 2012 and northern farming awards arable farmer of the year 2017. Guy has had several roles in the National Farmers Union and was national horticulture and potato chairman. He is looking for entrants that have shown initiative, embraced technology, focused and understanding costs and above all strives to continue to improve reducing unit costs and growing sales.
Chris Clayton, Managing Director of Agrovista
Chris has 30 years industry experience with Syngenta and its former parent companies in domestic and international roles and has been MD of Agrovista since March 2015. Chris is looking for entrants that have shown originality, proven business model, entrepreneurship and tenacity.
The Rt Hon Lord Taylor of Holbeach CBE
Holbeach born John left school at 17 and became a key player in building Taylors Bulbs the family bulb growing and farming business into the UK’s largest bulb supplier.
Active in the Party all his adult life he has been a Parliamentary Candidate, Chairman of the Conference in 1987 and a Deputy Chairman of the Party including a period under Theresa May’s Chairmanship.
He was made a life peer in 2006 and joined the opposition front bench almost immediately as agricultural and environment spokesman.
As a result of success in the 2010 election he was appointed a whip and spokesman for the Cabinet Office and then as Lords Defra Minister in 2011. In 2012 he moved to the Home Office again under Theresa May. He became a Privy Councillor and was made Chief Whip in the Lords by David Cameron in 2014, a key position in getting legislation through the House and one which he is proud still to hold.
Meurig Raymond, NFU President
Meurig Raymond farms 3,600 acres in Pembrokeshire in partnership with his twin brother, eldest son and nephew. The farm grows 2,200 acres of combinable crops and 355 acres of potatoes. There are 620 dairy cows, with 300 followers. The farm also has 600 head of beef cattle and around 2,500 store lambs, fattened during winter.
Meurig, born in 1952, was elected local branch Chairman of the NFU in 1979 and Pembrokeshire County Chairman in 1989. In 1992 he became the Welsh NFU Treasurer and served as the Pembrokeshire delegate on NFU Council between 1995 and 2004.
He served as Vice-Chairman of the NFU’s Cereals Committee between 1999 and 2001 and served on the Agricultural Wages Board for six years from 1998. He was elected as Vice President of the NFU in 2004, became Deputy President in 2006 and President in 2014 and was re-elected for a second term in 2016. He represents European farmers on the European Commission’s High Level Forum for a Better Functioning Supply Chain – working to improve the position of farmers in the food chain across Europe.
Meurig represented Wales on the Home Grown Cereals Authority between 1997 and 2004 and he served on the Council of Food from Britain between 1997and 2003. He became a Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Society in 2000 and was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours in January 2005 for his services to agriculture. He was presented with an Honorary Doctorate from Harper Adams in 2014.
He is married to Hilary and they have three grown up children. His eldest son Paul is involved in the family farming business. Nicola is CEO of South Australia Lucerne Growers in Adelaide, and assistant to the Director Nuffield, Australia, and Jonathan is an investment manager with Quilter Cheviot in London.