The awards will be judged by a panel chaired by Matt Dempsey.
Matt Dempsey retired as Editor of the Irish Farmers Journal after 25 years in March 2013. He is Chairman of The Agricultural Trust, publishers of the Irish Farmers Journal and The Irish Field. He is a former President of the European Agricultural Publishers Association and the Irish Grassland Association. He is President of the RDS having been Chairman of the Board for 10 years. Also, Matt is a past Chair of the National Agricultural Research Institute and ACOT, the national advisory and education body before their amalgamation into Teagasc. A graduate in Agricultural Science from UCD, he also runs an intensive tillage and beef farm in Co Kildare.
In 2010, Matt was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science from University College Dublin. In September 2011, Matt was conferred with an Honorary Doctorate (DLitt) from Harper Adams University.
Matt was a member of the Board of the National Gallery of Ireland and in 2012, was appointed Chairman of the National Newspapers of Ireland. In 2013, Matt was appointed as Chairman of the Irish National Stud.