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Nominations for the 2013 Tomorrows’ Farmer Award 4 February 2013

The search is on to find the very best farmers on the Isle of Man as the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture launches the nomination process for this years’ award, which is again sponsored by Manx food retailer Shoprite. The Tomorrows’ Farmers Award recognises and rewards farmers who are committed to the future of food and farming on the Isle of Man.

Nominations should be made before the 29th March 2013, giving a brief reason for the chosen nomination and describing how the farmer meets the awards’ selection criteria which are:

• Efficient and profitable farming

• Meeting consumer demands with their produce

• The promotion of locally produced food

• Innovative farm diversification

• Farming in ways that conserve the environment for the future

Nominations should be sent to Audrey Fowler, Marketing Officer, DEFA, Thie Slieau Whallian, Foxdale, Isle of Man IM4 3AS or email: audrey.fowler@gov.im

DEFA Minister Phil Gawne, MHK said: “This award not only aims to showcase the best farmers in the Isle of Man but provides an opportunity to share best practice, to inspire others and to let people know more about the hard work that goes into producing the quality produce that we can all enjoy every day. The award is a chance to celebrate all that is good about Manx farming and give individuals the chance to shine. We have some excellent Manx farmers so we look forward to receiving plenty of nominations”.

Gareth Cromie, Fresh Market Place Manager at Shoprite, commented: “This award is very important for the Isle of Man as it recognises the farmers who provide great quality, fresh produce which Shoprite prides itself on stocking in its stores and which our customers want to buy. In addition, it should encourage future generations of farmers on the Isle of Man by demonstrating that there is demand for local produce and therefore a future in the industry. Supporting local production is beneficial to the Isle of Man as it contributes to the local economy as well as providing long term sustainability and traceability in our food supply.”

Last year’s winners were Derek Kermeen and family from Ballaterson Farm, Maughold and Neil and Vicky Masson, Ballacricket Farm, Ronague. These farmers cannot be nominated for the award this year.

The judges will be: DEFA Minister Phil Gawne, MHK; John Speakman from Shoprite; DEFA Agricultural Adviser Chris Kneale; Vice President of the Manx NFU Brian Brumby and the President of the Royal Manx Agricultural Show Brian Caley. A shortlist will be selected from the entries and farms will then be visited by the judges in July. The winners will be revealed at the Award ceremony, which will take place at the Royal Manx Agricultural Show, on Friday 9th August 2013.

Audrey Fowler, Marketing Officer Tel: 685856

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