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Agricultural Engineers Celebrate Annual Award Winners

Members of the Institution of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE) have been presented with Awards in recognition of their contributions to the landbased sector at the Institution’s annual conference at RASE, Stoneleigh.

Chris Whetnall (right) receives his Honorary Fellowship from new President Andy Newbold

Chris Whetnall

This year’s Honorary Fellowship was presented to IAgrE’s Chief Executive, Mr Chris Whetnall.
During his time as Chief Executive Officer of IAgrE he has been particularly committed to the ‘technician community’ raising their status within the industry and establishing the LTA (Land Technician Accreditation) scheme, which provides a path for career development and professional recognition. Presenting the award IAgrE President Andy Newbold said “Chris is a thoroughbred agricultural engineer. He has served the profession with distinction and the IAgrE has been fortunate to have him at the helm. He is truly deserving of the Award of Honorary Fellow.

The Award of Merit, presented to a person distinguished by their work in agricultural science or engineering was given to Professor Evandro Mantovani of the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa). Evandro spent a year at Harper Adams University College as a Post Doctoral Researcher. Prior to returning to Brazil in 2011 he gave a presentation of his findings where he reviewed Brazilian agriculture and Precision Farming techniques and showed how his research could be adopted to further improve crop production systems and data management, hence enhancing the implementation of precision agriculture at the whole farm level across Brazil and perhaps around the world.

Awards for Contribution to the Landbased Industries sector made to a member who has made sustained contributions to the landbased sector throughout their career went to David Shelton and Geoff Burgess. While running a small farm and also responsible for high quality training at the Agricultural Training Board, David invented and produced a machine which could drain sports fields without causing too much turf disruption. As machine sales progressed David established Shelton Sportsturf Drainage Solutions which designs and markets other drainage equipment aimed at the sports and amenity markets.

Geoff Burgess worked for Massey Ferguson and spent the last 15 years as director of Dutch Engineering Group Redexim, parent of Charterhouse Turf Machinery in the UK. He was a chairman of Lackham College, leading to the creation of Wiltshire College from the merger with three other local colleges.

The Michael Dwyer Memorial Prize, which is presented to a mid-career engineer who has made outstanding progress in the agricultural engineering industry, went to Tim Baker of Kverneland. Tim started in career with Mconnell of Ludlow and became a development engineer with them before taking up a position with SKH/Greenland where he fulfilled the role of technical support for the range of machinery marketed in the UK. Presenting the award Andy Newbold said “Tim is a motivated and talented hands on engineer who continues to make a difference within our industry.”

Clare Butler Ellis and Professor Paul Miller receive the Douglas Bomford Trust Award from Professor Dick Godwin

Clare Butler Ellis and Professor Paul Miller
The Douglas Bomford Trust Award, presented to the author who demonstrates originality and technical excellence in a scientific paper published during the previous year, went to Clare Butler Ellis and Professor Paul Miller for “The Silsoe Spray Drift Model: A model of spray drift for the assessment of non target exposures to pesticides.”

Branch Meritorious Service Awards made to members who consistently deliver outstanding service to an IAgrE branch went to Graham Higginson (Wrekin), James Wallace (West Midlands), Harry Barr (Northern Ireland).

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