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Perkins Power on the Farm Award

Annette Ward
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Annette Ward

 £3750 prize fund for articles or broadcasts covering 'farm power' in all its forms.

Entry Deadline: Friday, May 19, 2017

Entry Details

PerkinsPerkins Engines Co Ltd has been a leader in the manufacture of diesel engines since 1932 and is a global manufacturer and supplier of diesel power solutions for agricultural, construction, earth moving and industrial vehicles, as well as marine and emergency back-up power applications. The company’s headquarters plant is in Peterborough.



Fine tea-tasting, guided tours of Fortnum & Mason and the Burlington Arcade in London, and a surprise TV celebrity guest at a splendid Japanese lunch ensured another very enjoyable day with the friendly team at Perkins Engines Company Ltd to mark the 45th edition of the Guild’s Perkins Power on the Farm Award.

Hosted by Andy Curtis, Perkins agriculture sales manager; Annette Ward, Corporate & Marketing Communications Manager; and organised in an efficient manner as always by Claire Cox, EAME & Asia Events and Hospitality Manager, the secret venues were revealed one by one, and the final surprise was to find BBC Countryfile farmer Adam Henson waiting to present the awards at lunch.

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For the first time in the award’s history, first prize went to a joint entry by Oli Mark, Farmers Weekly machinery editor, and freelance James Andrews for an article reporting practical comparison tests of vehicle guidance systems - click on the images to read the article.

Andy Curtis described the comprehensive report as “a captivating and valuable article bringing clarity and useful insight to what for many farmers is a complex buying decision. It was eminently useful to farmer readers, comprised real in-depth practical research and the article was written in an approachable, open style.”

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From left: Andy Curtis, Perkins Engines Co, Oli Mark, James Andrews and Adam Henson.

Of the runner-up article, written by Tom Allen-Stevens, editor of Crop Production Magazine (CPM), the judges felt the description of a drill designed around the use of cover crops in an arable rotation was “upbeat and thought-provoking, and would tap the intelligent farmer's interest with a case-study led approach that made it an easy, interesting read”.

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Two further prizes were awarded – to freelance Paul Spackman for an article on the current and future use of drones published in Crops magazine, which the judges said benefited from the writer’s open and lively style, coupled with his grasp of the technology and its benefits.

Machinery freelance Peter Hill’s article in Tillage magazine on traction tyre technology was described as “a very comprehensive piece of work, written in an engaging style on a subject that is familiar to all farmers but which few are likely to fully understand.”

Having presented the prize certificates, Adam Henson’s comments can be summed up in a simple message to the award-winning journalist members of the Guild: “Keep up the good work!”

With Perkins engine technology contributing to the power and cost-efficiency of many agricultural vehicles world-wide, the award-winning topics and the presentation event made a fitting celebration of the Peterborough-based manufacturer’s 85th anniversary.

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From left: Andy Curtis, Oli Mark, James Andrews, Tom Allen-Stevens, Paul Spackman, Peter Hill and Adam Henson. Photos: Adrian Bell.


BGAJ Perkins 2016 - Olivia Cooper + Andrew CurtisThe writing talents of four Members of the Guild were celebrated in the 2016 edition of the Perkins Power on the Farm Award after sponsor Perkins Engines Co introduced two additional prizes to recognise the contribution that journalists make to promoting agricultural innovation.

The judging panel of Andrew Curtis, Perkins agriculture sales manager; Adrian Bell, representing the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ); and last year’s winner David Cousins selecting the best four articles from a strong entry.

Olivia Cooper, winner of the Power on the Farm award in 2012, received the top prize of £2000 from Andrew Curtis for an article on dairy farm feeding automation, which had been published in Farmers Guardian. The judges considered it an informative and balanced article about the experience of the first farmer in the UK to use new automated feeding technology.

Second prize of £1000 was awarded to Andrew Blake, whose report on a farmer’s approach to optimum cultivations published in Tillage magazine, provided readers with a good insight into how a combination of cultivation techniques and other farming methods helped a Cotswold grower make the best of his ‘thin’ soils.

Due to the quality of the entries submitted, the judges selected two joint third prize winners who each received a £750 prize.

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Winners all, from left: Olivia Cooper, James Andrews, Andrew Curtis of Perkins Engines Co, Andrew Blake and Nick Fone.

James Andrews won his for a Farmers Weekly article on the pros and cons of tractor engine tuning that enabled leading tuners, tractor manufacturers, dealers and an insurer to present their views on the topic.

Nick Fone’s “captivating walk through no-till crop establishment”, as the judges described it, was published in Crop Production Magazine.

True to form, the Perkins marketing team treated the winners to lunch at The Ivy restaurant in London after a cooking experience at the School of Wok with renowned chef Jeremy Pang.

"That my article was judged runner-up was a welcome surprise," says Andrew Blake. "I wish to thank Perkins for supporting the Guild and giving us all a great celebration day. Thankfully, I still have all my fingers after the fascinating Thai cookery course."

James Andrews commented: "Power on the Farm is a great award and I’m thrilled to have been shortlisted this year. Thanks to the Guild and Perkins for continuing to support the competition and for organising such a fantastic day out."

Oliver Cooper summed up everyone’s thoughts on the presentation: “It was an amazing day, as always!”

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It's not just the cheques and the prestige of winning; the Perkins communications and marketing team always puts on a great presentation - this time, a Thai cookery experience followed by lunch at The Ivy! From left: Claire King and Annette Ward of Perkins with Guild chairman Ben Briggs; Andrew Blake and James Andrews; Adrian Bell representing IFAJ; chef Jeremy Pang; David Cousins, 2015 winner and one of the 2016 judges; Olivia Cooper, Andrew Curtis of Perkins and Nick Fone.


Perkins Power on the Farm Award Winners 2015

Worthy winners (left to right): David Williams (Farmers Guide), Adrian Talbot (Perkins Engines Company), David Cousins (Farmers Weekly)

Winners and guests of the 2015 Perkins Power on the Farm Award were treated to a fabulous dinner – and the opportunity to make pasta and cocktails with the experts.

Guild Members and guests made pasta under the watchful eye of the famous Italian pasta chef Andrea Cirino, who featured on Masterchef earlier this year.

A cocktail master class followed dinner in a private dining room – enabling diners to raise a glass or two to the Guild, Perkins and this year's two Power on the Farm winners.

A tongue-in-cheek look at what tractors might look like in 2050 saw Farmers Weekly machinery editor David Cousins scoop the 2015 Perkins Power on the Farm Award.

Published in Farmers Weekly as part of a series of articles celebrating the magazine’s 80th anniversary, David’s vision of the future captivated judges from start to finish.

David, who last won the Power on the Farm award in 2008, received the winner’s certificate and a cheque for £2,000. His winning article can be read here.

Runner-up for the 2015 Perkins Power on the Farm Award was David Williams, who penned a personal yet practical piece on the pros and cons of zero-tillage.

Published in Farmers Guide in June 2014, the article provided the reader with plenty of information from which to make up their own mind on the subject.

David received a runner’s-up certificate and cheque for £1,000. His winning article can be read here.

Perkins Award 2015 - Pasta Making


Claire King, who organises the Perkins Power on the Farm Award presentation, likes to find a different and exciting format to entertain the winners and guests each year, and 2014 was no exception.

A power boat ride up the Thames - and not many people will have done that in smart dresses or jacket and tie - followed by a dining experience in the kitchen of the Gilbert & Scott restaurant at the St Pancras Hotel, made it a memorable day.

Perkins 2014 - boat 1Calm before the storm: Annette Ward, Corporate & Marketing Communications Manager at Perkins Engines Co with Mervyn Bailey of Profi International enjoy a gentle cruise past Westminster Palace....







....before all hell breaks loose as a full-throttle blast gets (from left) Jane Craigie, Olivia Midgley, Howard Venters, Annette Ward and Mervyn Bailey grinning from ear to ear!

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It is a measure of the Perkins team's long-standing and enthusiastic support of the Guild and its activities that while continuing to promote the journalism award, the off-highway engines specialist continues to help fund the website and pitched in as one of three major sponsors of IFAJ Congress 2014.

"We’re delighted to be working so closely with the British Guild to deliver what I know will be a fantastic showcase for British agriculture," said Nigel Baseley, marketing director. "More than 200 journalists from around the world will be treated to a packed programme of events to ensure they truly experience the diversity and innovation our small isle is delivering on a daily basis."

Perkins 2014 - Baseley + MidgleyAnd so to the results: a certificate and winner's cheque for £2000 was presented to Olivia Midgley for her article on the Renewable Heat Incentive, published in Farmers Guardian.

"Olivia’s article was a tightly-written, engaging and well-researched piece that really conveyed the sea-change that investing in renewable energy has brought to a farm enterprise," said Nigel Baseley on behalf of his fellow judges, Adrian Bell and last year's winner Tom Allen-Stevens.

Despite being criticised by industry leaders, the RHI is working wonders for the Northants poultry farmer featured in Olivia's article. Energy outgoings have been cut by half, feed costs trimmed through faster growth rates and bird welfare much improved thanks to a better poultry shed environment.

"I'm absolutely thrilled to have won the Perkins Power on the Farm award - and was even more thrilled when I found out what my prize was," said Olivia. "I never expected to be tearing down the Thames in a speedboat, nor tucking into an eight-course lunch at Gilbert and Scott! It was a truly memorable day, thank you to the Guild and Nigel, Annette and Claire at Perkins."

Perkins 2014 - Baseley + BaileyThe runner-up prize was awarded to Mervyn Bailey, joint editor of Profi International, for an article on a multi-cut approach to silage-making on an organic dairy farm in south-west Wales.

With bought-in feed costing £400/t, the farm invests in high capacity silage-making machinery to make at least four cuts a year and capture forage when in peak condition. Grass conditioning is sacrificed for maximum cutting width and output and a forage wagon brings grass to the clamp where a wheeled loader makes a thorough job of ensiling it.

Mervyn's detailed article explores the decisions made by the farm team and through their experience highlights how machinery costs, performance and availability need to be balanced.

"It's very pleasing to have my work recognised in this way, so I'm delighted to have won this prize thanks to Perkins and the Guild," said Mervyn. "The Gilbert & Scott experience - and the steak in particular - was fantastic and a real treat to hear from a chef with such passion for food quality."

Read Olivia's winning article page 1 page 2.

Read Mervyn's runner-up article here.


Guests at the presentation event for the Guild's Power on the Farm award sponsored by Perkins Engines Co were treated to a champagne luxury coach guided tour of the City of London and the surrounding area.

With so many new, spectacular buildings and redevelopments along the River Thames, everyone enjoyed being a tourist for a couple of hours, seeing the sights while hearing a very well informed guide talk about the history of our fascinating capital city.

The route took in Fleet Street and glimpses of St Brides Church, where the Guild's annual harvest service is held; Stationers' Hall, the livery company venue for the harvest lunch; and the Tower of London, where the Guild held its annual meeting in March 2013.

Some debate followed a drive past The Shard on how successfully London mixes classical and modern architecture.

The excellent tour, organised by Claire King of Perkins, was followed by a very enjoyable lunch at the May Fair hotel just off Piccadily and the main business of the day - presentation of the awards.

BGAJ Perkins 2013 - Tom Allen-Stevens + Adrian TalbotAdrian Talbot (pictured right), a Friend of the Guild, and marketing and communications services manager at Perkins, revealed the contest was a very close run thing, with six entries jostling for top spot reflecting the high standard of articles submitted.

In the end, though, it was a feature in Crop Production Magazine by editor Tom Allen-Stevens on an anaerobic digester project that won the prize. The article describes the Agrivert plant in Oxfordshire that lives off food waste plus wholecrop wheat, grass and forage maize grown solely as feed stock for the electricity generating plant.

The judges - Nigel Baseley, Perkins marketing director; Liz Snaith representing the Guild; and last year's winner Olivia Cooper - considered the piece "well-written and informative, quoting a good mix of experts and covering all the information a reader would want". One said: "I was hooked. A great case study to add to the food versus fuel debate."

The runner-up prize, which emphasised the eligibility of articles reflecting 'power on the farm' in the broadest sense, was awarded to freelance arable writer Louise Impey.

BGAJ Perkins 2013 - Louise Impey + Adrian TalbotHer Farmers Weekly article comparing new cereal fungicides technology was described by the judges as "a hugely useful review of new-generation products of interest and relevance to all cereal growers". One judge commented: "A very interesting topic which easily engaged the reader." Another said: "a potentially powerful product and certainly power in the marketplace".

After receiving his £2000 winner's cheque, Tom emphasised how much he values the Perkins award in terms of the prestige and credibility it adds to the work of Members of the Guild.

"We very much appreciate the recognition this award represents; it is greatly valued," he said.

Read Tom's winning article here.

Read Louise's runner-up article here.


BGAJ Perkins Olivia Cooper + Nigel BaselyBGAJ Perkins Olivia Cooper + Nigel Basely + Emma PennyWinners of the Power on the Farm award were treated to a day at the Olympic Games in the year that marked the 40th year of the award being sponsored by Perkins Engines Company Ltd of Peterborough.

The surprise treat - meeting at St Pancras station in London made it hard to guess what Perkins had in store this year - also made it an extra special day for the award judges, Guild chairman Adrian Bell, 2011 winner machinery freelance Andy Collings, and Perkins marketing director Nigel Baseley.

Devon-based freelance Olivia Cooper (pictured above right with Nigel Baseley) took the top prize for an article published in Farmers Weekly that highlighted a growing skills shortage in the agricultural engineering sector. The article emphasised that the industry needs a steady flow of new talent with skills in electronics, software and diagnostics; without them, it will become increasingly difficult to properly maintain and repair farm equipment.

The judges said of the piece: “It raised some important and topical points and was written in a way that made a dry subject more interesting and engaging. It is clearly of great relevance to the industry and provided information which those looking to be involved in farm machinery would need to know.”

Olivia’s article notes that fewer colleges now offer the specialist training needed and those that do find it difficult to fund the BGAJ Perkins Emma Penny + Nigel Baseleyincreasingly high-tech equipment needed to give students experience of working on modern machinery. It also provided information on courses available to young people interested in this field.

The runner-up award went to the editor of Farmers Guardian, Emma Penny, for an article describing a new type of anaerobic digester needing only slurry to function that could offer farmers a cheaper, practical way of generating heat and power on-farm.

According to the judges: “The article presented an interesting proposition in a business-like and approachable style. It was full of facts but easy to read and will have made farmers think about the potential of this method of electricity generation in their own situation.”

The awards were presented at the Olympic park in east London by Nigel Baseley before a visit to the aquatics centre to see one of the synchronised diving finals.

Read Olivia's winning article here.

Read Emma's runner-up article: Part 1 + Part 2


Perkins marketing personnel always make the presentation lunch for the Power on the Farm awards something special – and this year was no exception.

GAJ Perkins 2011 wine tastingBefore revealing the results, Perkins marketing director Nigel Baseley invited authors of the top scoring articles, together with other Perkins and Guild guests, aboard a Thames river cruiser for a run from Kingston past impressive properties to Richmond while enjoying champagne and canapes.

After disembarking at the Bingham Hotel, Richmond, the party was entertained to a tasting of fine Spanish wines by the hotel’s sommelier GAJ Perkins 2011 Faulkner+Day(left  above), with much talk of bouquets, noses, finishes and tannins enjoyed by guests including Guild members Andrew Faulkner, joint editor of Profi International (far left) and Classic Tractor editor Rory Day (left).

Then to lunch – crab risotto, Cotswold lamb and a delicious sweet – and the results announcement, when Nigel Baseley reiterated the company’s support for this Guild award as an opportunity to recognise and reward the best in agricultural journalism and a means of maintaining an important association with the agricultural industry.

“Our association with the Guild plays an important role in this and last year we committed to supporting the creation of the Guild's new website,” he said. “A year on, I’m pleased to see the new site is up and running and I understand it has been well received by Guild members. We look forward to helping develop and support it for the foreseeable future.”

This year’s judging task – handled by Nigel Baseley, Guild chairman Adrian Bell, former chairman Nick Bond and 2010 winner Peter Hill – involved selecting four rather than the usual two winners thanks to the generous decision by the Perkins marketing team to present some extra prizes.

As ever, the subjects covered by the entries were wide and varied, even though they did meet the general topic of Power on the Farm, and the articles were well researched and written.

Fourth placed was an article on the intracacies of combine grain loss monitors written by freelance Andrew Pearce for Profi International. Described by one judge as: “A worthwhile topic, not something often covered, but with significant impact on harvester performance,” the piece won its author a handsome bottle of champagne and £150 worth of John Lewis vouchers.

GAJ Perkins 2011 Basely+DayIn third place, the judges placed an article on tractor theft, which earned Classic Tractor editor, Rory Day (left), a bottle of champagne and £200 in John Lewis vouchers. The article was described as an “enlightening and thought-provoking article that will have brought home the seriousness of tractor theft to many readers. It was filled with practical advice and honest case studies from unfortunate victims, well-structured, tightly written and a credit to its author.”

GAJ Perkins 2011 Basely+CooperAnd then to the main awards: A feature article in Farmers Guardian on growing miscanthus as an energy crop won freelance Olivia Cooper the £1000 runner-up prize.

“This detailed, well-researched and, above all, well-written article would have provided its reader with all the basic information about this valuable new crop,” said the judges. “As an example of Guild members fulfilling their obligations to the agricultural industry – GAJ Perkins 2011 Basely+Colingsproviding good solid information on which to base business-improving decisions – this one hits the spot.”

The Perkins Power on the Farm Award 2011 title – and a cheque for £2000 – went to freelance Andy Collings for the second time in his career.

His article covered the implications of ultra low sulphur diesel being introduced and provided “important information which is relevant to all tractor drivers, presented in a clear, easy to assimilate manner,” said the judges.

“It would have brought clarity to many farmers about the fuel composition change, for this was not well publicised in general,” they added. “It’s a very detailed explanation of a pretty complex subject that contains sufficient practical advice for farmers to take steps to avoid the problems highlighted.”

After the prize giving, Guild President Lord Cameron thanked Perkins for its support of the awards and the Guild’s new website, and emphasised the importance of agricultural journalism in keeping farmers in touch with the industry and the efforts being made to keep farming on the political agenda.

Nigel Baseley pointed out that 2012 marks the 40th year of the Power on the Farm awards: “We’d like to make next year’s competition really special and look forward to working with the Guild to achieve this,” he said.

Read Andy Collings' winning article here

Read Olivia Cooper's second-placed article here (note: it carries her 'Jane Brown' by-line)


The opulent surroundings of The Ritz hotel in London was the magnificent venue for the presentation of the Guild’s Perkins Engines sponsored Power on the Farm award.

In his introduction, Nigel Baseley, marketing director, reiterated Perkins support of the Guild: "Perkins Engines continues to be a proud sponsor of this award, maintaining that important association with an industry with which the company has become synonymous over the years," he said. "The Power on the Farm award is an opportunity to recognise and reward the best in agricultural journalism."

An article on different strategies for saving fuel – from cultivation techniques requiring fewer passes to exploiting the power characteristics of modern tractor diesel engines - was judged the winning entry.

Written by freelance Peter Hill (pictured right with Nigel Baseley) and published in the monthly Classic Tractor, edited by fellow Guild member Rory Day, the article was "relevant to all farmers and loaded with information," said the judges.

"This fact-packed article was a pleasure to read and easy to recall; it engaged the reader from the start and, being written at a time of near record fuel costs, the article's relevance and usefulness are unquestioned," they added.

"The reader is both informed and challenged to select and apply the many techniques described. Combining huge scope with closely written rationale, this article is a worthy winner in the best tradition of the Perkins Power Award."

The runner-up prize was secured by Emily Padfield, deputy machinery editor on Farmers Weekly, for an article on telematics, the electronic systems that are increasingly used on combine harvesters to remotely monitor and record field performance and which allow remote adjustment of machine settings.

Award judges Rachael Porter (the 2009 winner), former Perkins agricultural sales director John Baxter and Guild chairman Nick Bond said of Emily’s entry: "The author presented a highly readable guide to the capabilities of telematics and by avoiding jargon and emphasising features, the article packed a lot of information into a succinct guide, with just enough technical depth to be convincing.

"If the article had balanced users' experience with manufacturers' claims, it may have made top spot: nonetheless the informative and engaging style, dealing with this difficult topic, ensured the well merited runner up prize."

Nigel Baseley applauded the Guild and the work of its members in communicating information to the farming industry, a sentiment echoed by Guild president Lord Cameron of Dillington, who thanked the Perkins Engines marketing team for the valued support of the award.

Guild members and Perkins marketing staff with John Williams, executive chef at the The Ritz. Front row (left to right): 2010 award winner Peter Hill and runner-up Emily Padfield. Second row: Nigel Baseley and Annette Johnson of Perkins, Rachael Porter, Howard Venters, John Baxter of Perkins, Guild president Lord Cameron and Guild chairman Nick Bond. Third row: Guild deputy chairman Adrian Bell with Adrian Talbot, Neil Kitson and John Levick of Perkins, and Ray Vale.

  • Read Peter’s article here
  • Read Emily’s article here

The exotic surroundings of the Babylon Restaurant at the Roof Gardens in London was the select venue for the Guild's Perkins-sponsored Power on the Farm journalism award presentation.

Stephen Smith, director of sales to agricultural vehicle manufacturers, hosted the event: "Perkins Engines continues to be a proud sponsor of this award, maintaining that important association with an industry with which the company has become synonymous over the years," he said. "The Power on the Farm award is an opportunity to recognise and reward the best in agricultural journalism."

Rachael Porter won the £2000 first prize for her solar power article in Cow Management, while Andrew Pearce was awarded the £1000 runner-up prize for a tractor refurbishment article in Profi International. With them is Stephen Smith, head of agricultural sales, at sponsor Perkins Engines

The judging panel for this year's crop of entries comprised Perkins veteran John Baxter, former agricultural sales director; Guild chairman Nick Bond; and 2008 winner David Cousins, machinery editor on Farmers Weekly.

"According to the judges' notes, there was a clear winner, though the standard of entries was as high as ever,” said Stephen.

In the winning article, Solar so Good, by Rachael Porter, the judges found "the highest levels of relevance and usefulness, despite its relative brevity and lightness of touch in the writing style".

"It was a well researched and easy to read account of how one dairy farmer has significantly reduced his electricity bill through the use of a solar power system to heat the hot water in his dairy," explained Nick Bond on behalf of the judges. "Written at a time of soaring electricity charges and uncertain milk prices, this article, published in Cow Management, was both topical and relevant to its readers, providing a straightforward guide to the savings that could be achieved for a moderate investment.

"In summary, the judges' view was that the article fully upheld the highest standards demanded by Perkins – a worthy winner of their 2009 Power on the Farm award.

The runner-up article, 'Give the Old Girl a Birthday', set out to tell even the most reluctant service engineer how to look after the venerable scraper tractor, found on all dairy farms.

In the best tradition of the 'how to' genre, Andrew Pearce's article published in Profi International contained lots of well-captioned images, complete with the mandatory grubby finger pointing out the trouble spots.

"This was a well-presented, enjoyable and informative piece of journalism," said the judges. "It is equally valid as a casual read and to retain as a long-term reference document."

  • Read Rachael's winning article here.
  • Read Andrew's runner-up article here.

Stunning views from one of London’s most famous landmark buildings, officially 30 St Mary Axe but commonly known as 'the gherkin', thrilled Guild members gathered for the presentation of the 2008 'Power on the Farm' award sponsored by Perkins Engines.

"The 'Power on the Farm' award continues to be an opportunity to recognise and reward the best in agricultural journalism," said Steven Smith, director of sales to agricultural vehicle manufacturers. "Over the years, the entries have tackled many of the subjects pertinent to the industry and this year's crop was no different."

The judges, who had the difficult task of deciding who would carry off the title of farming's sharpest scribe, were former Perkins off-highway sales director John Baxter, who provides some critical continuity having judged the award for the past four years; last year’s winner Mike Green; and Guild chairman Joe Watson.

They had a more than usually difficult task in reaching their verdict such was the diversity of subject matter of this year's entries. They included topics from the strategic implications of climate change through to hands-on technical analyses of equipment.

However, the judges concluded that an article in Farmers Weekly by machinery editor David Cousins was a worthy winner; he is pictured (left) receiving his prize from Steven Smith of sponsor Perkins Engines Co.

"The simplicity, concise style and a touch of humour pulled us all into the compelling narrative of 'A Day in the Life of a Combine Mechanic'," said the judges. "The author’s lightness of touch provided the perfect foil for the necessary technical and chronological details to produce a cohesive, informative and entertaining piece... in the best traditions of this long standing award."

After receiving his £2000 first prize, David commented: "I'm delighted to win this award which celebrates good writing and is an incentive for us all to improve the quality of our work, especially at a time when journalists are under pressure to turn out ever greater quantities of articles and other material."

The winner of the £1000 runner-up prize, Mike Abram, deputy editor of Crops magazine, was complimented by the judges for a "crisp and business-like" article on the energy crop willow coppice and its processing. They described it as useful to participants in the sector but with the "readability" to give insight to a much wider audience.


The 2007 Perkins-sponsored 'Power' awards were presented during a very special lunch at the House of Lords hosted by Guild past President Baroness Hazel Byford.

The event celebrated the 35th year of the award and the 75th year of enthusiastic Guild supporter Perkins Engines, the Peterborough-based diesel engines manufacturer. Past winners were invited to join the celebrations, which included an exclusive guided tour of the Palace of Westminster.

Winner Mike Green, editor of British Dairying, entered an article on the UK's first on-farm biogas plant, producing electricity from digested slurry and forage.

The judges said: "Any journalist contemplating an article on how to turn grass, slurry and maize into a biogas, and thence into electricity, is looking at a tough challenge. The winner pulled it off brilliantly.

"Accessible equally to the casual reader and to potential adopters of the process, Mike Green's article showed how to 'go green' and make money too.

"Clarity of style, strong diagrams and crisp information panels combined to produce a top-quality piece of work, which reaches the high standards required to win the Perkins 'Power' Award 2007."

Mike Green (right) receives his £2000 prize cheque from Steven Smith, Perkins sales director.

Specialist machinery freelance writer, Michael Williams, took the runner-up prize for an article revealing that the fuel-cell concept currently being touted as a potential power source for many vehicle types is no new thing.

His article, published in enthusiasts' magazine Tractor & Machinery, describes research carried out by Allis-Chalmers in the 1950s using fuel-cells to power tractors.

This article impressed the judges with its "good, accessible writing linked to strong pictures of real historical interest; the intrinsic quality of piece was of the highest order."

Michael Williams (right) received a £1000 cheque for his fuel-cell research article

Many past winners of the Guild's Perkins Power on the Farm award were able to attend the 2007 presentation ceremony at the House of Lords. Photo: Annette Johnson, Perkins publications editor.

Front row (left to right): Michael Bird (freelance), Debbie Beaton (projects editor, Farmers Weekly Group), Baroness Byford (past Guild President and event host), Michael Williams (freelance), Steven Smith (Perkins sales director), Mike Green (British Dairying), Marion King (Perkins marketing communications manager).

Middle row (left to right): Andrew Faulkner (Profi International), Roger Abbott (Guild awards secretary), Don Gomery (Guild secretary), Ray Vale (Guild’s Perkins award judge), Andrew Pearce (freelance), Stephen Howe (ex-Farmers Weekly / Power Farming), Neil Kitson (Perkins marketing services manager), Gilly Johnson (freelance), Shirley MacMillan (freelance), Peter Hill (freelance).

Back row (left to right): John Levick (LAPR, Perkins media agency), Ted Fellows (ex-Farmers Weekly / Crops / Power Farming), Adrian Talbot (Perkins marketing communications and services manager), Claire Purdy (Perkins events organiser), John Baxter (former Perkins agricultural sales manager and award judge), Julian Gairdner (FWi).


Andrew Pearce won the Guild's Perkins 'Power Award' for an article published in Farmers Weekly on agricultural vehicle vibration and its implications for drivers of tractors and self-propelled machinery.

Runner-up Andy Collings entered a feature from Classic Tractor on the topic of roadworthiness standards and testing of agricultural tractors.

Simon Kelsall (centre), Perkins Engines agricultural account director, presented the £2000 first prize for the 2006 Perkins 'Power Award' to Andrew Pearce (right) and the runner-up £1000 cheque to Andy Collings.


Andrew Faulkner of Profi International won the 2005 Perkins 'Power Award' for an article investigating the costs and benefits of using the Vaderstad TopDown cultivator, while freelance Peter Hill received the runner-up price for an article in Classic Tractor on high-speed tractor tyre developments.

Perkins 'Power Award' 2005 winner Andrew Faulkner (left) of Profi International receives his prize from Stephen Smith, sales director (agriculture), Perkins Engines.

Perkins 'Power Award' 2005 runner-up, freelance Peter Hill (left) receives his prize from Stephen Smith, sales director (agriculture), Perkins Engines.


Julian Gairdner's article on biofuels in Crops earned him the top Perkins 'Power Award' prize, with Andrew Faulkner earning his runner-up prize with a piece assessing the Simba Solo heavy duty stubble cultivator published in Profi International.

Perkins 'Power Award' 2004 winner Julian Gairdner (right) of Crops receives his prize from John Baxter, sales director (agriculture), Perkins Engines.

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