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FARMERS have until the end of April to enter the Future Farmer Award competition.

Run by the Elizabeth Murray Trust in association with NFU Scotland, the award recognises successful farmers with sustainable businesses.

Trust chairman Harvey Macmillan said: “The award aims to showcase ways in which Scotland can produce food, fibre and wood products from farms and crofts in a commercially viable way while maintaining the natural capital of the land and minimising the ecological footprint of farming activities. Ideas can incorporate nature conservation or leisure activities, but there must be a core element of productive farming.

“Other ideas are welcome and anyone who is responsible for managing productive land in Scotland is eligible, whether they are an owner, tenant, crofter or employee. We are particularly interested in ideas which combine environmental sustainability with economic advantage.”

The winner receives £4,000 and help to promote their ideas to others in the industry.

Mr Macmillan added: “The award seeks to promote practical innovative ideas for improving sustainability. This means that your ideas do not have to be new or unique so long as they work and you are willing to inspire others to try them.”

The deadline for applications is Friday, April 29. For more information see www.futurefarmer.org.uk