Andrew farms 1200 acres in Kent which is predominantly arable with some Romney sheep and Sussex cattle mixed in, plus a variety of diversification enterprises. He is passionate about developing conservation agriculture techniques that are economic, giving up ploughing in 2000 and mainly direct drilling for the past 11 years. He has a degree in Natural Sciences, a Post Graduate Certificate in Agrifood and is on the BASIS professional register. Currently he is a director at Kent County Agricultural Society, Weald Granary grain storage co-operative and Southern Farmers buying group and is a Farmer Focus writer for the Farmers Weekly. He is extremely keen that arable research is appropriate and communicated to farmers and previous positions include being a member of the NFU National Crops Board, the AHDB’s Cereal Exports Committee and the Rothamsted Research Association board plus roles with the BCPC and NRoSO.
As the UK population increases and the area of land available to produce good quality food is in decline, there continues to be a demand to produce more from less. The use of new approaches will support growers to become more resilient and sustainable, but we also need to look after and improve the wider […]