Moulton College agriculture alumni crowned ‘Farmer of the Year’ in Farmers Weekly Awards

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Edward Vipond who studied agriculture at Moulton College in the early ‘90’s is celebrating after receiving multiple accolades in the 2021 Farmers Weekly Awards. 

His strong business acumen, excellent staff management and outstanding leadership has not only won him ‘Farm Manager of the Year’, but the most prestigious award of all, ‘Farmer of the Year’. This latter accolade is awarded to one winner across all the award categories who has impressed the judging panel the most.  

The Farmers Weekly Awards celebrate the best in British farming by recognising the hard work and innovation of farmers across the UK. There are twenty different award categories including Young Farmer of the Year, Environmental Champion of the Year and more. The winners were announced at a black tie event at Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

Edward said: “These awards are testament to the hard work of all of us at Troston Farms. There’s been significant change over the past few years, which the team has adapted to well. I’ve been committed to improving the margins and technical performance across the farm’s four holdings, and it’s great to see this reflected in the ongoing success of Troston. I’m honoured to achieve these awards from Farmers Weekly.”

Edward was the third generation in his family to study agriculture at Moulton College, and began his career as a trainee farm manager after graduating in the ‘90s. Over the years, he’s progressively moved to more complex businesses and farms, before heading to Troston Farms six years ago as the new Farm Manager.

Edward added: “I had the most fantastic experience at Moulton College, and learnt so much. As a College that prides itself on its agricultural heritage, I left with a great grounding which I was then able to build on as I entered my first job. I can’t thank Moulton College enough for helping me to find my feet in agriculture. It was at the College that I began to truly flourish, and that’s a credit to the hard work of its teachers and the excellent facilities.”

Find out more about the agriculture courses at Moulton College.

*Picture courtesy of Farmers Weekly