Published Friday, 19th October 2018 in Alumni and Friends news
An SRUC graduate has described the “amazing feeling” of being named Agricultural Student of the Year at the 2018 British Farming Awards.
Aimee Budge, who gained a degree in Agriculture from the Aberdeen campus in May, saw off stiff competition from four other students across the UK at the ceremony, held at the National Conference Centre in Birmingham.
Following the death of their father, Bryden, in an accident in 2014, Aimee and older sister Kirsty took on the running of Bigton Farm on Shetland. Earlier this year they were awarded a BBC Countryfile Farming Heroes Award in recognition of their hard work.
Aimee said: “It’s an absolutely amazing feeling to have won. Young people should definitely get involved in agriculture and there are so many interested in it. There are so many opportunities to be had and I want to thank so much all the people that have supported me. I have had so much fun and learned so much at Scotland’s Rural College and I am humbled to have won this award. It really has been a rollercoaster!”
Philip Wrigglesworth, Programme Team Leader in Agriculture in Aberdeen, said: “I am thrilled to hear that Aimee’s achievements, commitment to the industry and passion have been recognised at the British Farming awards. Aimee was always a valued member of the class who managed to balance her studies whilst being involved with the monitor farm at home.”
Now in its sixth year, The British Farming Awards are organised by AgriBriefing, parent company of Farmers Guardian, Arable Farming and Dairy Farmer. See the full list of winners online here.
Aimee’s award follows another SRUC alumnus, Craig Livingstone, being named Farmer of the Year by Farmers Weekly earlier this month.
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