Nominate a young farmer for a Devon Farm Business Award and give them a ‘kick-start up the farming ladder’

Last year’s winner of the Devon Farm Business Awards’ Best Young Farmer, Richard Tucker, is calling on those involved in agriculture to nominate young farmers to help launch their careers.

“Winning the award has opened up new opportunities for me and has helped to raise the profile of the business,” said Richard of Ditchett Farm, Long Drag near Tiverton. “It was a great honour to be nominated by someone I respect and to know that they felt I was a worthwhile candidate.

Devon Farm Business Awards, now in their fifth year, highlight the excellence and dynamism of farming in Devon and are organised by the Addington Fund, the Devon County Agricultural Association (DCAA) and leading regional solicitors Stephens Scown. 

Richard, 33, and his parents Nigel and Brenda run a thriving dairy farm business and have a traditional grazing herd of 240 Friesian/Jersey cross breeds and supply milk to Arla.

“I encourage anyone involved in Devon agriculture to give another young farmer a kick-start up the farming ladder,” added Richard.

There are six categories for which farmers can enter or be nominated: best commercial farmer, best dairy farmer, best woman in farming, the CAVV John Neason Farm Diversification Award, Devon’s farming champion and best young farmer. 

In addition, the judges will choose Devon’s Farmer of the Year from among the category winners and also present a Lifetime Achievement award.  The awards will be announced and presented at a prestigious dinner on the eve of the Devon County Show, which this year runs from May 17-19.

Nominations for the awards close on March 16 and forms are available from the Addington Fund


For more information contact:
Addington Fund – Andy Newbold T: 01926 620135 [email protected]
Stephens Scown - Mandy Reynolds T: 01392 210700, E: [email protected]
DCAA and Devon County Show - Anne Ashford T: 01823 490965/07971 275840; E: [email protected]

Notes for editors

  • Devon Farm Business Awards are organised by the Addington Fund, the Devon County Agricultural Association and Stephens Scown LLP.
  • This is the fifth year of the Awards.
  • Last year’s winners were:
    Devon Farmer of the Year, sponsored by Mole Valley Farmers, and Best Commercial Farmer, sponsored by PKF Francis Clark - Colin Latham of Higher Stowford Farm near Ilfracombe
    Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by Cornish Mutual - David Fursdon, Lord Lieutenant of Devon
    Best Dairy Farmer, sponsored by Crediton Dairy - Tim Rich of Broadley Farm near Honiton
    Best Woman in Farming, sponsored by NatWest - Rachel Leonard of Northcott Barton Farm, Chumleigh
    CAAV John Neason Diversification Award, co-sponsored by CAAV and Devon County Council - Len and Angela Bartlett of Hayne Farm and Bartlett’s Farm Shop near Honiton
    Farming Champion award, sponsored by NFU and NFU Mutual - Sylvia Crocker of East Raddon Farm near Okehampton
    Devon’s Best Young Farmer award, sponsored by Savills - Richard Tucker of Ditchett Farm near Tiverton