THE secretary of Devon's group of the NFU, Shirley Smith, has won the Salter Shield for her work on behalf of the county's farmers.
And at a national awards dinner she was also honoured with a "high achiever" award in recognition of outstanding achievement and excellence in membership retention and recruitment.
"I did feel like we'd had a good year but I certainly didn't expect to win," said Shirley.
"It's always difficult managing our time and it's very much a team effort.
"Everyone in the office contributed to winning this award."