The Royal Northern Agricultural Society (RNAS) has launched its search for nominations to the Good Farming Practice Awards 2024, supported by Aberdeenshire Council.

The Awards were set up in 2005 with the winners decided following on-farm visits to nominated businesses by independent judge – RNAS past president Dave Green. Entries are assessed against a range of criteria including stock, crops, equipment, environmental management, enterprise and general impression.

Last year’s recipient, CJ Grant & Partners, Kindrought, Strichen, was selected based on the hard work and innovative practices which caught the eye of judge, Pete Watson from Durris during his on-farm visit. He was impressed by Craig and Claire Grant’s fully integrated mixed enterprise which includes laying hens, combinable crops, cattle and sheep.

Commenting on Aberdeenshire Council’s continuing support of the Good Farming Practice Awards in 2024, councillor Alan Turner, chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee, said: “Agriculture supports more than half of the 22,000 people employed in the North East food and drink sector. The industry is hugely important for our area, economically and socially and one which we are committed to supporting and develop in these challenging and changing times.

RNAS president Alan Cumming added: “For almost 20 years, the Good Farming Practice Awards have been playing a key role in shining a light on some of the excellent work which takes place across the region every single day.

“Our winners and runners-up represent some of the best and most inspiring management, husbandry, and innovation, and we are delighted to create a platform to showcase this each year.”

To find out more, or to make a nomination to the RNAS 2023 Good Farming Practice Awards, email or call (07593) 227847.