Peter Hill, winner of the Guild’s 2013 Richard Keenan Innovation in Agriculture journalism award, is a freelance machinery specialist based in Oxfordshire. He received the award from Noel Keenan, UK Market Director, at the Guild’s annual Harvest Lunch in London.
His winning article, published in Farmers Weekly, describes the invention of a novel moisture meter for monitoring grain in store.
It explains how farmer Micheal Summers tackled the challenges of patents, design, packaging and distribution.
Keenan chairman Gerard Keenan said: “The judges were impressed with the quality of the entries this year, and personally I found your entry to be really interesting in the way it didn’t just describe the features and benefits of Micheal Summer’s Smartprobe Grain Moisture Meter, but gave an in-depth insight into the process of turning an innovative idea into a commercial product.”
The runner-up article, by James Andrews of Farmers Weekly, described the technology and benefits of real-time data collection through machine telematics.
It was an excellent story, said the judges, which explained in simple terms how this complex technology works.
The 2013 award entries were judged by Gerard Keenan, last year’s winner freelance journalist Nancy Nicholson, Press & Journal Business and Agricultural Editor Joe Watson, and PR Consultant Doreen Forsyth.