THERE'S only four weeks left to nominate or enter the Cumbria Farmer Awards 2024.

The awards, now in their fourth year, recognises farmers' achievements across the county and helps put farming and farmers centre stage.

Launched by Newsquest Cumbria, the awards are in partnership for the second year running with Cumbrian accountants David Allen, who are also sponsoring the coveted Lifetime Achievement Award.

“At David Allen, we are thrilled to be the headline sponsor of the Cumbria Farmer Awards 2024,” says partner David Allen. “We take great pride in championing the farming community and supporting their invaluable work with the services we offer. We are excited to work together ensuring a prosperous future for agriculture in Cumbria and look forward to finding out about the dedication and commitment of those nominated.”

Winners will be celebrated in a glittering awards ceremony on Friday, August 16 at the Greenhill Hotel, near Wigton, when our host for the evening will once again be BBC Radio 4 Farming Today presenter, Caz Graham.

John Wharton, farmer and livestock manager and auctioneer at Mitchell’s Auction Mart in Cockermouth, will be our compere on the night.

Nominations are now open for this year’s awards which celebrate those dedicated professionals of the Cumbrian farming industry who help feed the nation and grow the local economy.

Alongside farming’s core sectors, dairy, beef, sheep and machinery there is also recognition in other valued groups such as students, young farmers’ clubs, new entrants, food, local agricultural businesses, and the huge number of diversifications, now so crucial to many businesses.Also returning are our Farming Family Business of the Year and Women in Agriculture categories.

This year we are holding a live auction hosted by our compere John Wharton, with proceeds going to our nominated charities, Farming Community Network (FCN) and the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS).

The awards will be judged by a panel of respected industry experts and specialists, headed by Michael Peile, partner at Cumbrian accountants David Allen.

Closing date for entries and nominations is April 1 2024 at