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Jane Carley wins 2023 IAgrE award

By 29th June 2023March 29th, 2024No Comments
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Freelance journalist Jane Carley has won the IAgrE award for the best article or broadcast highlighting the vital role of engineering in modern food and energy production.
The award is kindly sponsored by the Institution of Agricultural Engineers, the professional body for engineers, scientists, technologists, and managers in the land-based sector.
It was presented at the Guild’s Bangers ‘N’ Beer reception at the Cereals Event on Tuesday, June 13, by IAgrE’s chief executive Charlie Nicklin.
Jane’s article, ‘Business is Blooming’, was published in Profi’s Harvest Special.  The piece featured a farmer who had commissioned and helped develop specialised harvesters as part of a drive to mechanise scale flower growing.
The judges described it as ‘well written, original and interesting’, with one saying, ‘I was hooked’.
Another added: “It explained engineering content with evidence of interviews and good pictorial back-up.
“A very clearly written review of one grower’s efforts in partnership with a machinery manufacturer to mechanise labour-intensive stages of commercial flower cropping and packing with dramatic results.”
The runner up was Oli Mark for his article ‘Retrofit Mojow tractor kit automates arable fieldwork’, which was published in Farmers Weekly.
The judges said: “Good article, well written and examined, interviews conveyed well and balanced.
“A well written description of innovative guidance, autonomy technology developed in Canada with insights into its advantages and practical benefits over current systems.  Potentially a ‘dry’ subject, the author’s easy style makes it easy to understand the technology’s different roles and the benefits that accrue from them.”
The two winners will share a £1,500 prize pot.