Each year the Society brings together a panel from a range of leading organisations in the North East to help it to honour individuals who have been nominated for Outstanding Service to Agriculture. Anyone may put forward nominations and four winners are selected annually. The presentations are made in association with key sponsors at the Royal Northern Awards Lunch in November. On this distinguished occasion the Society also recognises three promising agricultural students and engineering apprentices.
For information on how to nominate someone for an RNAS award please download the 'Award Criteria & Guide to Writing a Citation' document below.
Those seeking assistance in drafting citations are welcome to contact the RNAS Secretary in confidence. The citations of successful nominees will be made available to speakers before the Awards Ceremony.
The Awards Lunch is always a very well attended function where all are welcome to attend.
Robert Clarke from Forfar who is employed by Sellars Letham branch as a Service Engineer and is on block release at SRUC Barony studying extended level 3 diploma in Land Based Engineering.
The award is sponsored by Turriff Agri Parts.
The award for a student employed outwith the home was presented to Anna Duncan of Turriff who studied for a BSc (Hons) at SRUC Aberdeen whilst working in the SRUC Field Trials Team as a Field Trials Assistant.
The award for farmer's son or daughter working at home went to Ian Armstrong of Brae Farm, Kintore, who manages the farming business at home alongside studying at SRUC and holding down a summer job contract shearing.
The Press & Journal Public Award is presented to a public figure or personality for Services to Agriculture.
Pictured: RNAS President Keith Walker presenting the Public Award to Malcolm Allan of Uppermill, Kintore.
Presented to a non-public figure who has in their own way made an outstanding contribution to progress in the Industry.
Pictured: Pete Watson of ANM Group presenting the Local Award to George Mearns, founder and director of Turriff Agri-Parts Ltd
Presented to an “Unsung Hero” working within the agricultural sector who merits particular recognition. Someone who has had very little public recognition but who might not qualify for the above awards.
Pictured: RNAS President Keith Walker presenting the David Argo Award to Banchory Show stalwart, Gordon Christie
Presented to someone in that age group who has shown significant achievement and contribution in agriculture.
The 2018 Under 35 Award was presented to Dr Jenna Ross by dean of agriculture at SRUC, Prof Caroline Argo.
Eileen Brown of Turriff Agri Parts presenting the Agricultural Apprentince award to David Scott Rosin, Milton of Culsh, Tarland, mechanic at Ravenhill Ltd, Dyce.
Brian Richardson of the Clydesdale Bank presenting the student award for farmer's son or daughter working at home to Oliver Pirie, Castle of Auchry Farm, Turriff.
The award for a student employed outwith the home was presented to Paul Duguid, Gairn Terrace, Aberdeen.