Suffolk farmer Andrew Francis of Elveden Farms scoops Arable Innovator of the Year title at 2017 British Farming Awards

Andrew Francis, farm manager at the Elveden Estates. Picture: IAN BURT

Andrew Francis, farm manager at the Elveden Estates. Picture: IAN BURT - Credit: Ian Burt

A Suffolk farmer has scooped an award at the 2017 British Farming Awards.

Andrew Francis of Elveden Farms, based near Thetford, scooped gold in the Arable Innovator of the Year category, sponsored by Dow AgroSciences.

The ceremony, supported by Morrisons, took place at the National Conference Centre, Birmingham, on Thursday, October 19.

More than 700 farmers and industry professionals attended the event, which showcased the innovation and achievements of farmers across the agricultural industry.

Caroline Drummond, chief executive of Linking Environment and Farming (LEAF), was presented with an Outstanding Contribution to British Agriculture award

The awards were organised by Briefing Media, parent company of Farmers Guardian, Dairy Farmer and Arable Farming, and attracted a record number of entries from across farming’s core sectors.