The second annual Arable Awards saw an impressive turnout of over 600 people earlier this month to celebrate those within the sector and their successes over the past 12 months.
Roaming REX reporter Hamish McKay, who MC'd the event hosted by Federated Farmers, caught up with the Arable Farmer of the Year Hugh Richie as well as back-to-back winners of the Arable Food Champion Award, Rob and Toni Auld from Auld Distillery.
Grower of the Year awards went to David and Adrienne Wordsworth (Maize), Andy and Jo Innes (Small Seeds), and Sam and Hannah Grant (Grain). These growers shared a commitment to high yields, technology adoption, and industry collaboration.
Dr Richard Chynoweth, Researcher of the Year, revolutionized seed research with insights into ryegrass flowering mechanisms.
Blair and Jody Drysdale of Hopfield Hemp secured the Innovation title for their bold approach to boosting productivity and income.
Andrew and Amy Darling, winners of the Environmental and Sustainability Award, were recognized for their soil health practices and precision fertilizer use.
James Abbiss, Emerging Talent Award recipient, displayed dedication by leading roles at the Foundation for Arable Research and organizing a UK study tour.
Additional awardees included Agronomist of the Year, Paul Johnston; Plant Breeder/Plant Researcher of the Year, The Barenbrug New Zealand Plant Breeding Team; and Arable Employer of the Year, PGG Wrightson Seeds.
Watch a full video of the night above including interviews with Rob and Toni Auld from Auld Distillery and Arable Farmer of the Year Hugh Richie above.