NEWBIE award aims to highlight Europe’s best new farmers
AN INNOVATION- focused award for New Entrant Farm Business of the Year is opening this autumn to UK farmers, crofters and smallholders as part of a suite of opportunities being offered across Europe to help new entrants develop successful businesses.
The award is offered by the European Commission-funded New Entrant netWork: Business models for Innovation, entrepreneurship and resilience in European agriculture (NEWBIE) project, which is also offering the award in eight European countries. UK winners will get a chance to compare their farming innovations with Europe’s best new farmers.
Applicants will have to demonstrate how they have been able to overcome barriers, such as access to land, labour, markets and profitability, and they will be judged by a panel of agricultural industry experts. Winners receive 500 towards the cost of training or an international visit, as well as an award plaque, farm video and the opportunity to participate in a European new entrant conference with other award winners.
UK steering group member Simon Gadd, chair of the NFU New Entrant Forum, said: “This is an opportunity to highlight the amazing work done by new entrants in an exciting and innovative industry. This brings the chance to share experiences and new concepts within farming to help make the industry fit for the future.”
Applicants can be individuals or groups, and businesses should be established for between two and 10 years. To enter, prospective applicants need to register on the NEWBIE website www. newbie-academy.eu/membership. More information about the award is available at www.hutton.ac.uk/newbiemodelinfo. The deadline for applications is 15 November.
NEWBIE aims to increase the ability of farm successors and newcomers to agriculture to develop successful farm businesses.
UK farmers, crofters and smallholders can enter a new innovation-focused award