Farming for the Future finalists at Royal Highland Show

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Marks & Spencer (M&S) will reveal the winners of this year’s ‘Farming for the Future’ awards, on the first day of the Royal Highland Show at Ingliston on Thursday 23rd June.

M&S Farming for the Future is a programme of initiatives which champions sustainability and innovation. The programme is designed to help farmers identify opportunities for improvement, increase their profitability and provide a sustainable supply chain that can continue to deliver quality and innovation for the long term.

Farmers from St Andrews, Oban, Dumfries, Aberdeenshire and Inverness have been announced as finalists in this year’s prestigious awards. The shortlisted entries include:

 Innovation Producer award:

  • John Lohoar, who manages Glenbervie Home Farm in Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire and produces Aberdeen Angus beef for M&S.
  • Alan Steven from St Andrews manages Hillhead Farm and produces Brussels sprouts and parsnips for M&S.

Young Producer award:

  • Andrew MacLeannan, 27, manages M&S’s supply of Lochmuir Salmon at Scottish Sea Farms in Fiunary in Oban.
  • David Watson, 34, helps to manage his family’s farm in Banchory in Aberdeenshire. He produces beef to M&S through the 2 Sisters Food Group.

Outstanding Producer award:

  • Husband and wife team, Henry and Emily Duncan, from the Nith Valley in Dumfries manage Whitehall Farm which has been in the family for 100 years. They produce Aberdeen Angus for M&S in partnership with Scotbeef.
  • Steven Jack from Dalcross in Inverness supplies a range of carrots and potatoes to M&S through his specialist root vegetable growing and packaging business Nessgro. This is the second time Steven has been nominated for an M&S Farming for the Future award.

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