We are in the top three Soil Farmer of the Year competition

The inaugural Soil Farmer of the Year competition, organised by the Farm Carbon Cutting Toolkit (FCCT) and Innovation for Agriculture aimed to find farmers and growers who were engaged with, and passionate about managing their soils in a way which supported productive agriculture, reduced greenhouse gas emissions and built soil organic matter and carbon.
Clive Bailye, an arable farmer from Staffordshire, fought off stiff competition from a talented field of farmers and growers to take the top prize. The panel of judges which included scientists, industry experts, farmers and the project team were incredibly impressed not only by the standard of entries and the diversity of practices being trialled, but the resounding commitment of all entrants to soil management and continuous learning.
Second prize was awarded to Iain Tolhurst, a horticulture business from Berkshire. Iain impressed the judges with his impressive knowledge and understanding of how to maximise soil biodiversity and his innovative use of composts and green manures within his rotation as well as his agro-forestry system. Whilst the business has been established for 40 years, it continues to innovate, push boundaries and educate others.
The accolade of third prize was taken by Jeremy and Heather Dale, dairy farmers from Shropshire.
The top three farmers will all receive prizes of fertility building or green manure seed from the sponsor Cotswold Seeds.
The top three farmers will also all be hosting farm walks, where their prizes will be presented and there will be a chance to see, understand and dig a bit deeper into what they are doing. The walk at Tolhurst Organic farm will be taking place on the 8th July. Further details are available on the FCCT website.

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