NEW­BIE award aims to high­light Europe’s best new farm­ers

Country Smallholding - - December News -

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

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