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Open for Entries: NFFN NI's Nature Friendly Farmer of the Year 2022

Farming Life Awards 2022: Nature Friendly Farmer of the Year sponsored by NFFN

  • Do you believe farming and nature can go hand in hand? 
  • Are you passionate about soil health? Are you on a mission to improve your carbon content and organic matter of your soil?
  • Do you enjoy raising awareness of sustainable farming by sharing knowledge and experience with others?
  • Do you manage habitats, such as hedges or mixed species swards, to benefit both biodiversity and your farm business?
  • Do you believe that nature-friendly farming is the future?

Wherever you are in your journey of farming in harmony with nature, we want to hear from you.    

Nominations close on Monday 29 August, with the winner to be announced at an awards ceremony at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Belfast on Wednesday 5 October.

Entry is via self-nomination. NFFN NI can provide support to farmers with the application process. All applications must be submitted on the Farming Life Awards website.

For further information, contact Caolan McCaughan – NFFN Sustainable Farming Officer for Northern Ireland – email:

Last year’s winner, Stephen Alexander of Ballyboley Dexters, said:

“As a nature-friendly farmer, working with nature is central to my business and to mutual benefit. Producing the best quality Dexter beef we can means relying on nature-friendly farming methods through Pasture for Life grazing. When we establish our herbal leys, we use minimal tillage, and sometimes no-till, to improve the soil health. This reduces nutrient leaching and soil erosion without disrupting the soil’s microbes and earthworms. Min-till and no-till approaches require fewer inputs and require less use of diesel and heavy farm machinery. Our soil then produces a diverse species-rich sward that is of optimum quality for our Dexters to graze while supporting pollinators and biodiversity to thrive. It’s a whole farm approach that makes good sense: it makes our business viable and our product sustainable while naturally supporting a healthy ecosystem. It was a great achievement to win the award for Nature Friendly Farmer of the Year, and I can’t wait to see the contenders for this year.”