Do you have what it takes to be an award-winning farmer or do you know someone whose farming enterprise deserves national recognition?
If so, entries for the Farming Independent and Zurich Farm Insurance Farmer of the Year awards are now open.
There are awards in seven categories as well as a 'Lifetime Achievement Award' and a 'Grand Prix Award' for the overall Farmer of the Year for 2017.
Award winners will also receive a prize of €2,500 each.
Full details of the categories and how to enter are available at www.farmeroftheyear.ie. Entries will also be accepted by post. See page 14 for the entry form.
The awards are free to enter and farmers can nominate themselves or be nominated by a third party. The closing date for entries is Tuesday, April 18.
The awards night will take place in The Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin, on Friday, May 26, 2017.
Commenting on the launch, Declan O'Halloran, Head of Sales and Agri Business for Zurich Insurance, said: "As one of the country's leading providers of farm insurance, we are proud to continue as title sponsor of these prestigious awards.
"The Farmer of the Year Awards highlight the dedication and innovation which has been witnessed in the farming community over the past few years, and celebrate the high achievers in the industry," added Mr O'Halloran.