Women & Agriculture Awards 2018
Is there a woman in your life who deserves recognition for her hard work on the farm? This week we launch our Women & Agriculture Awards 2018, brought to you by Irish Country Living and FBD Insurance.
Margaret Farrelly of Clonard Clover Free Range Eggs, Co Cavan with her hens.

Is there a woman in your life who deserves recognition for her hard work on the farm?

Launching our Women & Agriculture Awards 2018, brought to you by Irish Country Living and FBD Insurance, we are looking for women who make a real difference to farming.

Between farming and working, running a home, caring for children or parents and dealing with everything else life throws at us, women rarely take time to recognise or celebrate their own successes.

So we are set to recognise these achievements with our Women & Agriculture Awards, brought to you by Irish Country Living and FBD Insurance.

These awards, which are in their fourth installment, celebrate the essential role women play on farms.

Margaret Farrelly of Clonard Clover Free Range Eggs, Co Cavan with her hens.

Margaret Farrelly took the top award at European level.

We have two categories and in our innovation on farm award, we’re really looking for women who are farming in their own right or in a partnership, and whose contribution has been essential to the success and profitability of the farm.

In the agribusiness and innovation award, we are on the search for a woman who looked at the farm and saw immense opportunity through diversification, making a success of that business idea.

Irish women have had outstanding success with these awards.

With the support of the Irish Farmers Association, our applicants are sent forward to COPA, the European farm organisation, and they are judged against their counterparts across every country in the EU.

Previous Women & Agriculture award winners Ann Moore and Margaret Farrelly both took the top award at European level.

Ann Moore, Glencash Farm, Ballyspillane, Midleton, Co. Cork. PIC: DOL

Ann Moore (pictured) and Margaret Farrelly both took the top award at European level, meaning Ireland was successful in two out of the three times we entered.

Our entries have also come in the top 10 every time, signifying our success at innovation and farm diversification.

We are looking for these women once again. Are you one of those women or do you know someone who fits the bill? If so, send us your nomination.

Coming soon

Looking for some inspiration?

In the next few weeks, we’ll profile some of our past winners to give you an idea of the ladies who have really stood out from the crowd.

How to apply or nominate someone

Categories and Prizes

1 Innovation on farm award.

  • Winner: €2,500. Runner-up €1,000.
  • 2 Agribusiness innovation award. Winner: €2,500. Runner-up: €1,000.

    Who Can Enter?

    The awards are open to women aged 18 and over from every county in Ireland. You can enter yourself or be nominated by friends or family by filling in an application form.

    What Happens Then?

    All applications and nominations sent in before the closing date of 20 March 2018 will be reviewed by a judging panel.

    Shortlisted nominations will then be visited by a panel of judges. You must be available to receive a visit from the judging panel during the week commencing Monday 26 March 2018.

    Email entries to womenandag@farmersjournal.ie or by post to Women & Ag Awards, Irish Farmers Journal, Bluebell, Dublin 12. For full details see print editions of Irish Country Living.

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