John Forrest Award
John Forrest was a progressive and innovative farmer, who was involved with several agricultural organisations in Suffolk and Norfolk, including The Morley Agricultural Foundation, Otley College, the Suffolk Agricultural Association, and at the time of his death he was chairman of the Felix Thornley Cobbold Agricultural Trust (FTCAT).
After his sudden and unexpected death in April 2008 his family and friends decided to establish the John Forrest Memorial Award to further his particular interests in encouraging better communication between scientists and farmers, and developing personal skills in young people.
The £8,000 annual Award is managed by the Trust, and funded jointly with The Morley Agricultural Foundation (TMAF).
Currently, the Award takes the form of a residential communications training course, held over three days, at the NIAB TAG headquarters in Cambridge, and is provided by Green Shoots Productions, specialists in media and communication training. The Award is offered to eight promising young agriculturists for whom clear communication skills are expected to be integral to their careers.
NIAB TAG are invited to offer the course to four of the finalists of their Agricultural Science Students Education and Training programme (ASSET). These are final year BSc agronomists at the universities of Nottingham, Reading, Newcastle and Harper Adams. The remaining four places are filled by FTCAT and TMAF candidates.