The selection process for the awards involves an impartial panel of industry experts who generously volunteer their time to evaluate submissions. These individuals are chosen for their expertise and experience.

Judges review entries, ensuring a fair and unbiased evaluation. In cases where judges have conflicts of interest within specific categories, they abstain from participating in the assessment of those particular entries.

Upon the submission deadline, judges receive all entries in a uniform format, ensuring compliance with data protection regulations. Each entry is then scored by the judges based on the defined criteria for each category.

Judges meet to discuss their assessments and collectively reach a final decision on a single day, solely based on the content provided in the written entries.

It is crucial to note that the entire judging process is conducted confidentially, and all decisions reached during this process are considered final.

Chris Berry

Freelance Journalist and Rural Awards Host - Country Post Magazine

Chris Berry is a freelance writer who has been a long time contributor to the Country Post magazine found inside The Yorkshire Post's Saturday edition. He regularly contributes features to the magazine including his popular Farm of the Week. He is an author who has written thriller novels and a children's series, as well as being a singer/songwriter.

Stephen Wyrill

Regional Chairman - Tenant Farmers Association

Stephen is a dairy farmer and regional chairman of the TFA a position he has held for over 25 years. The Tenant farmers Association provides advice, services and rural representation for members throughout the north of England.

Rachel Coates

- - Great Yorkshire Show

Simon Bishop

Commercial Manager - UK & Ireland - Nufarm UK Ltd

"My entire career to date has been in UK Agriculture, with experience ranging from laboratory R&D, field trials and on farm agronomy in UK distribution before moving to Nufarm. I am proud to be the Nufarm Country Manager for UK & Ireland, and I believe that my breadth and depth of knowledge within the UK Agriculture Industry will help in establishing Nufarm as a key partner to develop solutions that best meet the needs of our customers. This includes using technology to ensure working alongside Nufarm is a better experience than our competitors."

Rachel Hallos

Vice President - NFU

Rachel is an upland farmer. She works in partnership with her husband and children on a Yorkshire Water tenanted farm in the South Pennines. In the last 20 years the farm has evolved from a milk producer/retailer unit, to a farm that focusses on their beef herd, hill sheep and environmental outcomes. They have also diversified with a holiday let and contracting business. The business has grown through their ability to change and also by collaborating with their landlord on water management, heather regeneration and hay meadow restoration. Rachel takes an honest approach and has an open mind-set. Rachel was elected to the position of NFU Vice President in February 2024.


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