David Stead of Hutchinsons has been announced as Agronomist of the Year at the 2019 Food and Farming Industry Awards.
David was handed the award at a prestigious ceremony at the House of Commons on Friday night (December 6), hosted by broadcaster Julia Hartley-Brewer.
The size of farms David advises on, varies from 40 to over 1,000 Ha. David is also the Area Business Manager for Yorkshire, organising and overseeing a team of 6 Agronomist’s and 4 Agronomist agents. He strives to give advice on a wide area of agronomy enabling farmers to ensure financial profitability. One of David’s customers shared, “It is David’s true passion for agronomy that shines through. He has the capacity to think laterally and the depth of his knowledge, attention to detail, willingness to listen and then to explore a variety of solutions, is the key to his success.”
The Food and Farming Industry Awards are staged annually by Farm Business and Lewis Business Media to recognise excellence and innovation across the agricultural sector.
Farm Business publisher Simon Lewis said: “Congratulations to David who was the deserved winner on the night. Once again these awards have highlighted the breadth and depth of talent, drive and ambition in the farming sector. We are delighted to recognise the achievements of the winners, but also all of those shortlisted, which, in itself, is a great achievement.”
Chair of judges Meurig Raymond said: “I was hugely impressed with the standard of entries submitted this year. It was a delight to see at first hand the enthusiasm and drive shown by our food and farming businesses, which continue to innovate and deliver fantastic products for consumers.
“Huge congratulations to all the winners who each managed to demonstrate something different and special about their businesses.”