Inez Cornell, product manager at Certis, was thrilled to award the Arable Innovator of the Year British Farming Award to Stephen Jones from Red House Farm, in North Shropshire.
What the judges said*, “We are impressed with the way Stephen had looked at all aspects of the crop, from variety selection through agronomy to market requirements. The fact he has put in place some commercial protection demonstrates a sound business sense. His work with the UK pesticides regulator, the Chemicals Regulation Directorate, is particularly commendable*.”
“The event was a great opportunity for the whole industry to celebrate British farming and to gain insight into what the individual sectors are doing differently,” commented Inez. “As sponsors of the Arable Innovator Award, we were really interested to meet Stephen, and hear how he is being a pioneer in his sector.
“Each of the winners are at the forefront and leading the way in their individual categories. And it was also fantastic to see high numbers of young people at the awards evening, as they are the future of the industry.”
Based on his 300ha family farm in Hordley, Ellesmere, just north of Shrewsbury, Stephen and his father have been trialling the typically South American-grown crop, quinoa, since 2006.
In 2012 they officially set up the British Quinoa Company and started working with other farmers to meet a rising demand for the crop.
[*Courtesy of Farmers Guardian www.farmersguardian.com/home/latest-news/fantastic-night-at-the-2014-british-farming-awards/68266.article]