The award was presented to Godfrey by Potato Council chairman Allan Stevenson at the Branston potato industry dinner, held earlier this month after the Potatoes in Practice event in Dundee.
Stevenson said: "Jim Godfrey has been an extraordinary and superb ambassador for the British potato industry. His CV says it all - he has travelled far and wide and worked tirelessly to promote the industry. We all owe him a huge debt for his years of dedicated service and innovation."
Godfrey is a major player in the potato industry, having been a member of bodies including the Potato Marketing Board and the Scottish Crop Research Institute.