British agricultural journalists recognised in Perkins Power on the Farm Award 2017

British agricultural journalists recognised in Perkins Power on the Farm Award 2017

The writing talent of five British agricultural journalists was recognised and celebrated at this year’s Power on the Farm award event.

Now in its 45th year, the Power on the Farm award is run by Perkins in conjunction with the British Guild of Agricultural Journalists (BGAJ) and recognises the journalistic talents of the Guild’s members.

This year’s competition entries featured a range of articles on a ‘power’ related theme, which were published between January 1 and December 31, 2016.

The judging panel of Perkins agricultural sales manager, Andrew Curtis; International Federation of Agricultural Journalists treasurer Adrian Bell and last year’s winner and BGAJ member, Olivia Cooper, were this year tasked with selecting the best four articles from more than 40 entrants.

In a first for the awards, Oli Mark and James Andrews’ jointly written article, which provided useful insight and testing on in-cab guidance systems, was awarded first prize. Oli and James shared the top prize of £2,000 for the article published in Farmers Weekly. Judges considered it to be a “captivating and valuable article bringing clarity and useful insight to what for many farmers is a complex buying decision”.

Celebrating the best in agricultural journalism – From left Perkins Ag sales manager Andrew Curtis, Oli Mark, James Andrews, Tom Allen-Stevens, Paul Spackman, Peter Hill and UK farmer and TV presenter Adam Henson.
Celebrating the best in agricultural journalism – From left Perkins Ag sales manager Andrew Curtis, Oli Mark, James Andrews, Tom Allen-Stevens, Paul Spackman, Peter Hill and UK farmer and TV presenter Adam Henson.

Second prize was awarded to a previous winner, Tom Allen-Stevens, whose case study in Crop Production Magazine (CPM), was described as a piece that was “upbeat and thought provoking”, while the breakout panels used, helped to easily explain different aspects of the story. As runner-up, Tom received £1,000.

Paul Spackman was a new award winner who collected £500 for his third place article on drone technology while Peter Hill received £250 for his fourth placed article which judges said delivered “a clear understanding of new technology and carefully explained technical concepts”.

This year’s award luncheon was held at Sexy Fish in London and followed a behind the scenes tour and tea tasting experience at Fortnum & Mason and a guided tour of the iconic Burlington Arcade, the country’s first ever shopping centre.

To celebrate Perkins 85th Anniversary, UK farmer and TV presenter Adam Henson joined the awards luncheon as a special guest. One of the best known farmers in the UK, Adam is a regular presenter on BBC’s Countryfile programme and is well-known for his passion for farming and conservation.

For more information on the Perkins Power on the Farm award visit http://www.gaj.org.uk/award/perkins-power-farm-award