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Full information below on each of the category requirements. You can also download a full entry guide, in both English or Chinese, to share with colleagues.  

 


Best R&D Pipeline

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This award is open to all crop protection companies actively undertaking research and development. It recognises the critical importance of research and development to the industry. The winner will have what the judges deem to be the most promising batch of new active ingredients and/or crop protection biotechnology traits in R&D. They will be looking not just at the size of the pipeline, but also for quality, innovation and potential value. All active ingredients/traits from the early research phases through to field development and registration, but not yet on the market at the time of entry, are eligible to be included in the pipeline. Entrants must detail any joint development or licensing agreements for any of these pipeline products.

Questions:

  • Name of entering company
  • Name(s) of co-developing companies or organisations.
  • Please list the agrochemical active ingredients and agbiotech traits in the company’s pipeline by name or code number, giving their product category (herbicide, fungicide, insect resistant, herbicide tolerant, etc) and chemical class/mode of action as appropriate.
  • How does your pipeline represent a good mix of product candidates in terms of the following:
  • Development phase?
  • Spread of innovative and reduced-risk candidates?
  • Range of uses?
  • Does the pipeline contain any new active ingredients/traits that stand out as being particularly exciting prospects, and if so, why?
  • What is the market potential of the pipeline?

 


 

Best New Crop Protection Product or Trait

Open to all crop protection companies, the award will recognise the most important new crop protection active ingredient or trait launched since January 1st 2018. The award is open to nominations for agrochemical, agbiotech and biopesticide products. The judges will be looking for a product that has demonstrated immediate commercial success, that has long term potential and that stands ahead of its competitors in terms of efficacy, environmental or user safety, and that has had a demonstrable effect on the ability of farmers and growers to protect their crops.

 

Questions:

  • Name of company
  • Name(s) of any co-developing companies or organisations
  • Name of the crop protection product
  • Activity of the product
  • What is significant about this product, eg
  • First commercial launch of a new active ingredient or trait
  • Extraordinary commercial success
  • Solved a previously unmet agricultural need, or greatly improved on an existing control method

 

 

Best New Biological Product

This award will go the best new crop protection or crop enhancement product derived from a naturally occurring organism to be introduced since January 1st 2018. Applicants should not describe the environmental and toxicological safety of their product as these characteristics are “a given” in this category. The judges will be looking for a product that is not only effective but is formulated in a way that is acceptable to users and distributors and can forge a niche in a market dominated by synthetic chemicals. We are not looking for products that just perform in the laboratory; we want to see biologicals that work in the real world.

 

Questions:

  • Name of company
  • Names(s) of any co-developing companies or organisations
  • Name of the biological product
  • Activity of the product
  • What is significant about this product, eg
  • Innovative solution of a problem
  • Trendsetting nature of the product
  • Extraordinary commercial success
  • Particular ease of use

 

 

Best Formulation Innovation

Open to all agrochemical manufacturing and formulating companies and formulation consultancies. The award will recognise the most significant innovation in the formulation of agrochemical or biological products. In this category, the judges will be looking for an innovation that, for instance, could lead to improved product efficacy through enhanced delivery or targeting, improved user safety, or reduced environmental impact.

 

Questions:

  • Name of entering company
  • Name(s) of co-developing companies or organisations
  • Please describe the formulation innovation. Explain how it differs from existing formulations and what makes this development truly innovative
  • Give examples of the products for which it has been or will be used
  • If the formulation has been launched commercially, give the date of the launch; if the formulation is still in development, give the anticipated commercial launch date
  • Outline the benefits of the new formulation in terms of product efficacy, improved user safety, or reduced environmental impact
  • What is the potential market size of the new formulation?

 

 

Best Application Technology Innovation

This award applies to the development of spray technology or agrochemical adjuvants used to improve the precision or safety of pesticide applications. The types of technologies we have in mind are agents to reduce the off-target drift of foliar sprays or agents to reduce the amount of dust from seed treatments.

 

Questions:

  • Name of entering company
  • Name of co-developing companies or organisations
  • Please describe the application technology innovation. Explain how it differs from existing technology and what makes this development truly innovative.
  • Explain the benefits of the technology in improving the precision or safety of pesticide applications.
  • Give examples of the types of product the technology is designed to be used with.

If the technology has been launched commercially, give the date of the launch. If the technology is still in development, provide the anticipated commercial launch date.
 

 

Best Packaging Innovation

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This category is aimed at innovations in the packaging of pesticides.  It is open to companies that supply pesticides in one-way or returnable packaging, producers of pesticide packaging, or organisations involved in packaging development.   The Award seeks to recognise packaging improvements such as ease of handling and use, calibration, safety and environmental sustainability.


Questions:

  • Name of entering company or organisation
  • Name(s) of co-developing companies or organisations
  • Describe the packaging innovation.  Explain how it differs from existing types of packaging and what makes the development truly innovative 
  • Give examples of the products for which it has been or will be used
  • Outline the benefits of the new packaging in terms of efficiency, improved user safety or reduced environmental impact

 

 

Best Innovation in Digital Farming Technology

This award encompasses developments in farm management through the use of digital and information technology. The types of technologies could range from remote sensing and data gathering to the development of apps for the identification of weeds, diseases and insect pests. The underlying theme of these technologies would be to assist farmers to optimise use of farm inputs and improve yields.

 

Questions:

  • Name of entering company
  • Name of co-developing companies or organisations
  • Please describe the technology innovation. Explain how it differs from existing technology and what makes this development truly innovative.
  • Explain the benefits of the technology in improving farming and the use of inputs.
If the technology has been launched commercially, give the date of the launch. If the technology is still in development, provide the anticipated commercial launch date.

 

Best Innovation in Precision Farming Technology - New for 2019

This award encompasses developments in precision agriculture technology for use on specific farming techniques. The types of technologies could range from: drones for surveying farms; swarm robotics for use in planting, scanning plant health and weeding; and smart tractors and farm equipment. The underlying theme of these technologies would be to assist farmers to optimise use of farm inputs, reduce environmental impact, and improve yields.

 

Questions:

  • Name of entering company
  • Name of co-developing companies or organisations
  • Please describe the technology innovation. Explain how it differs from existing technology and what makes this development truly innovative.
  • Explain the benefits of the technology in improving farming and the use of inputs.
If the technology has been launched commercially, give the date of the launch. If the technology is still in development, provide the anticipated commercial launch date.

 

Best Stewardship Programme

Agrow’s Best Stewardship Programme Award is designed to recognise an outstanding scheme for managing agrochemical or agbiotech products in the marketplace in a sustainable way. Stewardship can be described as a life-cycle approach to product management and can encompass a wide range of initiatives. Examples include encouraging safe and responsible use, resistance management programmes and the disposal of containers and obsolete stocks. Entrants must have played a central role in the development or implementation of a successful stewardship programme within the last three years. Potential winners could include industry associations, companies or individuals.

 

Questions:

  • Name of entering individual (and affiliation) or organisation
  • Briefly describe the stewardship programme concerned
  • When and where was the programme introduced?
  • How extensive is the programme?
  • How innovative is the programme?
  • What lifts it above similar initiatives?
  • What are the benefits of the programme?
If you believe that the entrant stewardship programme is particularly outstanding, but the reasons for this are not covered by the questions above, please give relevant details.
 
 

 

Best Marketing Campaign

This award is designed to recognise creative excellence in the marketing and advertising of crop protection products and/or services. This could include social media campaigns, advertising campaigns, promotional marketing, sponsorship and/or design.  They can be campaigns that used either a single or a range of combination of media, technologies and/or platforms. It can be a campaign through any medium such as online, on paper, in-store and/or event. The campaign must have been launched after January 1st 2018.

 

Questions:

  • Name of entering company or agency
  • Description of the purpose of the campaign and the target group
  • Mention the medium, the technology and the platform
  • The date at which the campaign was launched and how successful it was in terms of ROI?
  • Did the campaign engage with its target audience? Did it initiate discussion, influence choices and behaviour, and/or increased awareness of the product, brand, or service?
  • How innovative was the campaign compared to previous campaigns
  • Description of how the market reacted to the campaign

 

 

Best Public Outreach Programme

Agrow’s Best Public Outreach Programme Award is designed to recognise excellence in the communication of information on the benefits of agrochemical or agbiotech products. This could include campaigns aimed at the user community or to the wider public. A campaign through any type of medium, such as print, television or internet, might be eligible for this Award. Entrants must have played a central role in the development or implementation of a successful outreach programme since January 1st 2018. Potential winners could include industry associations, companies or individuals.

 

Questions:

  • Name of entering individual (and affiliation) or organisation
  • Briefly describe the outreach programme concerned
  • When and where was the programme introduced?
  • Who was the programme aimed at?
  • How effective was the programme in achieving its aims?
  • What special activities did this programme include to achieve its aims?
  • Has the programme been reported by the mainstream (non-trade) media? Please provide examples
If you believe that the entrant outreach programme is particularly outstanding, but the reasons for this are not covered by the questions above, please give relevant details

 

 

Best Supplier

Open to all companies providing chemical supplies to the crop protection industry. The award will recognise the company that has contributed most to the global crop protection industry through the provision of custom manufacturing services, intermediate chemicals and finished active ingredients. The award is open to all chemical manufacturing companies that offer supply services to the crop protection industry.

 

Questions:

  • Name of entering company
  • What makes this company the best choice chemical supplier for the crop protection industry? (eg customer service, speed of delivery, cost, quality, etc…)
  • Describe the range of chemical supply services provided, highlighting any special strengths or unique capabilities
  • How has this company delivered results that exceed customer expectations

 

 

Best Company from an Emerging Region

This award will be presented to crop protection companies headquartered outside of North America, Western Europe, Australia and Japan. It will recognise the companies in these regions that have made the greatest contribution to the crop protection industry. The judges will be looking for excellent performance across a range of business activities since January 1st 2018. This could mean anything from growing sales and profits, to launching a new product, signing a significant new deal, or contributing to research and development in the crop protection sector.

 

Questions:

  • Name of entering company and country where it is headquartered
  • What has been this company’s most significant achievement during the year?
  • Give details of what this company has achieved in terms of (if applicable):
  • Signing important new deals
  • Introducing new products onto the market
  • Producing a promising new product pipeline
  • Operational improvements, particularly after restructuring, or changing the focus of the business

 

 

Best Supporting Role 

Open to all companies offering services to the crop protection industry, the award will recognise the company that has contributed most to the global crop protection industry through the provision of support services. The judges will be looking for a company that offers outstanding client support, excellence in service provision and a willingness to go the extra mile for its customers. The award is open to: contract research organisations, consultancies and other advisory bodies, market research companies, diagnostic equipment and other suppliers, packaging companies, legal companies, PR companies and additives suppliers.

 

Questions:

  • Name of entering company
  • What makes this company the best choice service company partner for the crop protection industry?
  • Describe the range of services provided by this company, highlighting any special strengths or unique activities
  • How has this company delivered results that exceed sponsor expectations?

 

Lifetime Achievement

The winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award will be an exceptional individual with a consistent history of service, above and beyond the call of duty, throughout his or her career. This prestigious international award will go to someone who has had a distinguished career in the crop protection and production arena, primarily within industry, but who may also have held posts in government and non-governmental organisations, as well as academia. Nominees may be retired or semi-retired but will still be active in a mentoring/training capacity.
For this special award, candidates must be nominated by a third party. Entries must include the name of the nominee, his or her job title (if applicable) and the company name of the nominee (if applicable). The name and contact details of the nominator should also be supplied. The nomination should outline in no more than 500 words what the nominee has accomplished during his or her career and say why he or she is worthy of the Agrow Award. Nominations will then be reviewed by the Agrow panel of judges and the winner will be announced at the Awards ceremony on November 12th 2019.

 

Frequently Asked Question

It’s very simple. Ensure you have read the entry guidelines and category criteria. Decide which category/categories you wish to enter, prepare your entry off-line. Once you are ready click ‘Enter Now’ which takes you through the entry stages; follow the on-screen instructions and submit your entry by clicking ‘Enter’.
Entering the Agrow Awards is free of charge.
If you are not sure which category your entry fits into please contact Lisa Anderberg at lisa.anderberg@informa.com for further assistance.
We encourage entries in more than one category per individual or company, where appropriate; please ensure to review the category criteria and tailor your entry accordingly.
All submissions will be acknowledged by an automated email once you have submitted your entry. Our awards team will also get in touch with you again shortly before the entry deadline. If you have any concerns please contact lisa.anderberg@informa.com.
Following the judging, all companies and individuals will be notified by email. Finalists will be announced on our website agrowawards.com and in the Agrow marketing email. You will then be sent a finalist pack giving ideas and tips on how to publicise your success.
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The Agrow Awards are highly regarded within the industry, winning an award marks you out as a leader in your field. In addition to your trophy and a certificate of recognition you will receive a winner’s pack which includes your awards winner logo, photos and ideas on how to publicise your success. You will also receive exposure and recognition through a special Agrow supplement.Following the judging, all companies and individuals will be notified by email. Finalists will be announced on our website agrowawards.com and in the Agrow marketing email. You will then be sent a finalist pack giving ideas and tips on how to publicise your success.
The Agrow Awards are independently judged. Judging will take place in August 2017. The Judging Panel is an independent group of senior industry experts from around the world – guaranteeing objectivity and credibility. Judges are carefully allocated categories based on their specialist knowledge, expertise and experience within the industry.
Once entries have been received and processed, they will be distributed to the relevant judges for that category. There will be a minimum of three judges allocated to each category. The judges will use the published criteria against which to score the entry. They then submit their individual scores, which are collated before the finalists and, of course, the winners, are selected. A shortlist will be published; however, details of the winners will be embargoed and revealed only on the night of the awards ceremony itself.
The Chair of the Judging Panel reserves the right to cast any deciding vote, should the need arise. The judges’ decision is final and neither the organisers nor the Judging Panel will enter into any correspondence about the results.
It’s essential to book your place at the event. Please contact Ben Watkins on Tel: +44 (0)203 377 3911 or Email: ben.watkins@informa.com for information.
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Yes, there are many sponsorship opportunities available. Contact Ben Watkins on Tel: +44 (0)203 377 3911 or Email: ben.watkins@informa.com for information.
We encourage entries in more than one category per individual or company, where appropriate; please ensure to review the category criteria and tailor your entry accordingly.
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