Raymond whose mixed Pembrokeshire farm produces beef, dairy, lamb, combinable crops and potatoes, has led the NFU for three years since taking over from Peter Kendall in 2014. He was previously the union's deputy president.
The prestigious awards event hosted by Horticulture Week will take place on 23rd February at London's Grand Connaught Rooms in Covent Garden.
The event which is recognised as the premier networking event of the year for production horticulture professionals, will see the winners of categories for ornamental, fruit, salad and vegetable production revealed and honoured before an audience of their peers.
This year's shortlist includes production businesses that are up for single and multiple awards as well as firms from which individuals have been nominated.
The shortlisted businesses in the 2017 UK Grower Awards are:
- AC Goatham & Son
- AG Recruitment & Management
- Agrico UK
- Ball Colegrave
- Berry Gardens
- Ceres PR/Vitacress
- Double H Nurseries
- Farplants Group
- Flowers from the Farm
- G&G Sinclair/West Craigie Farm
- Genesis Plant Marketing
- Hawkesmill Nurseries
- Horticultural Trades Association
- James Hutton
- Majestic Trees
- Neame Lea Nursery
- Output Digital
- Place UK
- Porters Fuchias
- Ridgeview Wine Estate
- South Devon Organic Producers
- Tendercare Nurseries
- Thompson & Morgan
- Valley Grown Salads
- XL Horticulture
The awards were judged by an independent panel of judges including Joanna Wood, Andrew Tinsley, John Adlam, John Guest, Neville Stein, Sally Drury and Andy Richardson.
HW is grateful to the following sponsors for their support of the 2017 awards contest, dinner and presentation, which is the production sector's social and networking event of the year: AG Recruitment, Cocogreen, De Lacy, ICL Professional Horticulture, HTA, NFU, Sinclair Pro and Rijk Zwaan.
The UK Grower Awards 2017 charity partner for this year's event is industry charity Perennial.
To book tickets to the UK Grower Awards 2017 dinner and presentation, please go to www.thegrowerawards.co.uk. For more information, email awards manager Kate Collins at firstname.lastname@example.org. For sponsorship, email Tim Lomas at email@example.com.
Book now for the Garden Retail Summit 2017 - the leading independent knowledge and networking event for executives. Taking place in London on 23rd February, this year's event will focus on growth, and include the opportunities and challenges of 'brexit', learnings from the latest garden centre developments - and will be opened with a keynote address from John Cleland, CEO, Dobbies. For more details and tickets go to: www.gardenretailawards.