The clock is ticking and excitement is building for the inaugural Scottish Agriculture Awards – but there’s still time to nominate your agri champion or business! But you’ll have to be quick as the closing date is 31st August!

The awards aim to showcase the outstanding work of farmers, agricultural individuals and businesses who are driving the industry forward and ensuring the sustainability and success of Scottish agriculture – often through challenging circumstances.

We want to hear from you who should be recognised at our inaugural awards and celebrate the very best in our Scottish Agricultural Sector and this week are showcasing these important categories:

• Machinery Dealer of the Year

We are looking to recognise a Machinery Dealer who has demonstrated outstanding performance while evidencing dedication and commitment to their customers. The Machinery Dealer’s primary business will be buying or selling of new or used farm equipment, or both.

• Supplier of the Year

We are looking to recognise a supplier to the Agriculture Sector who provides an unrivalled service and dedication to their customers.

• Unsung Hero of the Year

Sponsored by Virgin Money, this award will be presented to any individual within agriculture who has shown an unprecedented dedication to the sector.

We are looking for those who champion the sector or have an unrivalled passion for agriculture. This is a chance to say thank you to those who have dedicated themselves to their work but without the expectation of an accolade.

• Young Farmer Initiative of the Year

This category will recognise an initiative created by a Young Farmer or group aged 30 or under. How has the initiative bettered the farming community – health and safety, mental health, building community spirit? We want to hear from you.

The Scottish Farmer’s new Editor John Sleigh said: “I am delighted to be launching the Scottish Agriculture Awards with the great organisations RHASS and AgriScot.

“Putting food on the table and looking after the countryside is a hard job and we have been through some tough times of late, but these awards are a fantastic opportunity to showcase the incredible individuals and businesses that are leading the way in our industry.

The awards are set to be a prestigious celebration of the best in Scottish agriculture, recognising excellence and innovation across a broad range of categories.

“The event itself promises to be a night to remember and as nominations continue to come in from across the country, I would take this opportunity to encourage people to get involved in the process before the final deadlines.

“The judging panel are looking forward to recognising the best Scottish agriculture.”

The glittering ceremony will be held in the Crown Plaza Hotel near the SECC in Glasgow on October 26.

It is free to enter and those shortlisted will also receive two complimentary tickets to attend the awards ceremony.

Nominations are made through the awards website at: