THE search to find the finest farmers in the North is underway.

The second Northern Farmer Awards will be held in March at Harrogate. The awards are organised by The Northern Farmer magazine, which is published by the Newsquest Media Group, owner of the Gazette & Herald.

Awards will be presented in nine categories, including beef farmer and dairy farmer. There are also categories for the sheep and arable sectors, farm managers, green farmers and family-run farms.

The awards night will be held at the Great Yorkshire Showground on March 19.

Mole Valley Country Stores is the event’s principal sponsor.

The 2014 Northern Farmer of the Year and Farm Manager of the Year was Richard Price, of Lowther Park Farms, Penrith.

Farmers can enter the awards online at The closing date for entries is January 12.