British Farming Awards – Q&A with Scott Davies, judging the Agri-Tech Innovator of the year category

The British Farming Awards are a highly anticipated annual event, encompassing all of the UK farming industry. Its audience often engage with the judges on social media and email.

Agrecalc CEO, Scott Davies, has been appointed as a member of the independent panel of judges for this year’s Awards, in the Agri-Tech Innovator of the Year category. We caught up with Scott to ask a few questions which are very important to the participants.

Q: Why do you think it's important to recognise and celebrate your category within the agricultural industry?

A: I strongly believe in the importance of recognising and celebrating the Agri-Tech Innovator of the Year category in the British Farming Awards, as it specifically highlights groundbreaking advancements in agricultural technology, and it plays a vital role in driving progress and fostering innovation within the industry. 

Recognising the Agri-Tech Innovator of the Year is a way to acknowledge and appreciate the remarkable achievements of individuals or organisations that are pushing the boundaries of what is possible in agri-tech. These innovators dedicate their time, expertise, and resources to develop cutting-edge solutions that address the challenges faced by the farming community.

By celebrating their accomplishments, we not only honour their hard work but also inspire others to follow suit and continue pushing the industry forward. 

Moreover, the Agri-Tech Innovator of the Year category serves as a platform to showcase the latest advancements in agricultural technology. This recognition raises awareness among farmers, policymakers, and the public about the transformative potential of agri-tech solutions.

It helps to bridge the gap between traditional farming practices and modern technological innovations, fostering greater adoption of sustainable and efficient farming methods. By highlighting the achievements of these innovators, we can drive a wider conversation about the role of technology in revolutionising agriculture and encourage the industry to embrace innovation for long-term sustainability. 

Celebrating the Agri-Tech Innovator of the Year category in the British Farming Awards creates a sense of camaraderie and healthy competition within the farming community. It brings together farmers, technology developers, researchers, and industry experts, fostering collaboration and knowledge-sharing. This collaborative spirit is essential for addressing the complex challenges that agriculture faces today, such as mitigating climate change, optimising resource management, and ensuring food security.

By recognising the innovators who have made significant contributions to agri-tech, we encourage others to join the movement, collaborate, and collectively strive for a more sustainable and resilient agricultural future. 

The Agri-Tech Innovator of the Year category serves as a platform to showcase the latest advancements in agricultural technology. This recognition raises awareness among farmers, policymakers, and the public about the transformative potential of agri-tech solutions.

Q: Why should people get excited about the British Farming Awards?

A: This prestigious event serves as a celebration of the achievements, resilience, and innovation within the British farming community, and it offers numerous benefits that are worth getting excited about. 

 

The British Farming Awards provide a platform to recognise and highlight the hard work and dedication of farmers across the nation. These individuals and families work tirelessly day in and day out to provide us with a secure and sustainable food supply. By acknowledging their efforts and achievements, the awards not only give them well-deserved recognition but also encourage and inspire others to pursue excellence in their own agricultural endeavours. 

Additionally, the British Farming Awards showcase the cutting-edge advancements in technology that are revolutionising the agricultural industry. As the CEO of a company specialising in greenhouse gas emissions calculations, I understand the immense potential of technology in promoting sustainable farming practices and mitigating environmental impact. The awards highlight the innovative solutions being developed and implemented, including software systems like ours, that enable farmers to monitor and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, improve resource management, and enhance overall sustainability. This intersection of technology and agriculture is an exciting and promising field that can have a profound impact on the future of farming. 

The British Farming Awards serve as a valuable platform for networking and collaboration within the farming community. The event brings together farmers, industry leaders, experts, and technology providers, fostering an environment of knowledge-sharing, idea exchange, and partnership opportunities. By attending the awards, people have the chance to connect with like-minded individuals, learn from the experiences of others, and forge new collaborations that can drive innovation and progress in the agricultural sector. 

The awards highlight the innovative solutions being developed and implemented, including software systems like ours, that enable farmers to monitor and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, improve resource management, and enhance overall sustainability.

Q: Many of the awards celebrate innovation and / or positive change to businesses, why is this important to the development of agriculture?

A: Celebrating innovation in agriculture is essential because it drives the industry forward. Agriculture faces numerous challenges, including climate change, resource scarcity, and food security concerns. Embracing innovation allows us to find new solutions and approaches to address these complex issues. By recognising and celebrating innovative businesses, we shine a spotlight on their groundbreaking ideas, technologies, and practices. This recognition not only credits their achievements but also inspires others to adopt and build upon these innovations, spurring further advancements throughout the agricultural sector. 

Celebrating positive change in agriculture is vital for sustainable development. The world is increasingly focused on environmental sustainability, and the agricultural industry plays a significant role in shaping our planet’s future. Recognising businesses that have implemented positive changes, such as reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improving water and soil management, or implementing sustainable farming practices, encourages others to follow suit. It creates a ripple effect, where one innovative change inspires and motivates others to take similar actions, leading to a collective shift towards more sustainable and environmentally responsible agriculture. 

Q: Why can entering awards help grow as a business and also as an individual?

A: Entering awards can propel the growth of a business by enhancing its reputation and credibility. When a company submits its work for consideration, it undergoes a thorough evaluation by experts in the field. Recognition from reputable awards validates the quality and effectiveness of the products or services offered. This validation, in turn, builds trust among potential customers, investors, and partners, and can significantly boost the business’s reputation in the industry. The recognition gained from awards can act as a powerful marketing tool, attracting new clients, opening doors to strategic partnerships, and ultimately driving business growth. 

This setting also provides valuable opportunities for learning and personal growth. The rigorous evaluation process often involves detailed feedback and insights from industry experts and judges. This feedback can offer valuable perspectives on strengths and areas for improvement, enabling the business and its team members to refine their strategies, products, or services. The constructive criticism and guidance received through the awards process can serve as a catalyst for innovation and professional growth. It encourages individuals to continually improve their skills, knowledge, and approaches, ultimately driving personal and career development. 

Participating in awards offers significant visibility and exposure within the industry. Awards ceremonies and associated events attract influential figures, key stakeholders, and media attention. Being shortlisted or winning an award provides a platform to showcase the business’s achievements, innovations, and unique selling points. This exposure helps to raise awareness about the company and its offerings, reaching a wider audience and potential customer base. Increased visibility can lead to new business opportunities, media coverage, and industry recognition, further fuelling the growth of the business. 

Recognising businesses that have implemented positive changes creates a ripple effect, where one innovative change inspires and motivates others to take similar actions, leading to a collective shift towards more sustainable and environmentally responsible agriculture. 

Q: What do you think are the biggest challenges facing agriculture? And how can the industry overcome them?

A: One of the biggest challenges facing agriculture is climate change. Rising temperatures, changing precipitation patterns, and extreme weather events pose threats to crop productivity and livestock health. To overcome this challenge, the industry needs to embrace sustainable practices and technologies that mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to changing climatic conditions. As a CEO of a company offering a software solution for calculating greenhouse gas emissions, our technology plays a crucial role in helping farmers monitor and reduce their emissions. By adopting precision agriculture techniques, optimising resource management, and investing in climate-smart practices, such as agroforestry or regenerative agriculture, the industry can reduce its carbon footprint and build resilience to climate change. 

Another pressing challenge is resource scarcity, including water and arable land. The agricultural industry must find ways to maximise resource efficiency and reduce waste. Embracing innovative techniques can enable the production of more food with fewer resources. Investing in research and development to develop drought-resistant crops and sustainable farming methods is also crucial to overcome resource scarcity challenges. 

Environmental degradation, including soil erosion, water pollution, and biodiversity loss, is another significant challenge facing agriculture. To address this, the industry should prioritise sustainable land management practices, such as conservation tillage, crop rotation, and cover cropping, which promote soil health and reduce erosion. Precision farming technologies can help minimise the use of fertilisers and pesticides, thereby reducing water pollution. Implementing agroforestry practices, establishing wildlife corridors, and protecting natural habitats can contribute to preserving biodiversity. Furthermore, industry-wide efforts to enhance environmental stewardship and adopt sustainable certifications can drive positive change and ensure long-term sustainability. 

Q: What will you be looking for when reviewing the entries for the British Farming Awards? What would make an entry stand out to you?

A: I would be looking for innovative solutions that demonstrate a clear impact on sustainable agriculture, technological advancement, and the potential to drive positive change within the industry. 

 

I would be interested in entries that showcase a strong understanding of the challenges facing agriculture, particularly related to sustainability and environmental impact. An entry that addresses these challenges head-on and presents a unique solution would certainly stand out to me. I would be looking for innovations that can effectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions, optimise resource management, and promote sustainable practices in farming. The ability of an entry to tackle these issues and contribute to the overall sustainability of the agricultural sector would make it noteworthy. 

An entry that demonstrates a high level of technological advancement would catch my attention. Agriculture is increasingly influenced by technology, and I would be looking for entries that leverage innovative technologies or develop new ones. This could include advancements in precision agriculture, data analytics, machine learning, or similar solutions that enhance farm management practices. A standout entry would effectively utilise technology to improve efficiency, productivity, and decision-making in agriculture while respecting sustainability and environmental considerations. 

I would also value entries that exhibit a strong potential for scalability and widespread adoption. The agricultural industry is vast and diverse, and an entry that has the potential to benefit a broad range of farmers or address a common challenge would stand out to me. Scalability is crucial in order to have a meaningful impact on the industry as a whole. Whether it’s a software solution, a hardware innovation, or a combination of both, I would be interested in entries that have the potential to be readily implemented and adopted by farmers across different regions and scales of operation. 

If there’s an entry that presents evidence of real-world impact and success, that would also impress me. I would be looking for entries that can provide data, case studies, or testimonials demonstrating the positive outcomes achieved through the innovation. Whether it’s improved yields, reduced emissions, cost savings, or enhanced sustainability, tangible results and measurable impact would make an entry truly standout. 

 

Lastly, an entry that showcases a comprehensive understanding of the agricultural industry and its stakeholders would be highly valued. This could include collaborations with farmers, researchers, or industry organisations, demonstrating a strong connection and engagement with the farming community. A standout entry would show a holistic approach, considering the needs, challenges, and aspirations of the industry and demonstrating a commitment to long-term sustainability. 

Follow the event on social media through tags: #BFA23 and @farmingawards .

I would also value entries that exhibit a strong potential for scalability and widespread adoption, as they are crucial in order to have a meaningful impact on the industry as a whole. Whether it's a software solution, a hardware innovation, or a combination of both, I would be interested in entries that have the potential to be readily implemented and adopted by farmers across different regions and scales of operation. 

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Aleksandra Stevanovic

Former journalist, now SEO writer and marketing manager, combining two great loves of content creation and tech. In charge of turning Agrecalc marketing vision into strategy and tangible assets.

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