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Cereals product manager In autumn 2017, Saaten Union appointed Andrew Creasy to the position of cereals product manager to lead the technical development of the rapidly growing cereal seed business of Elsoms Seeds and Saaten Union. Previously working as an area manager for British Sugar, Andrew said that he is delighted to be working with Saaten Union UK at Cowlinge, Newmarket as well as with the Elsoms’ team in Spalding, Lincs. “The growth in the cereals portfolio of Elsoms and Saaten Union means this is a unique opportunity to establish a new

major business in the arable sector,” he commented. Since 2013, Elsoms and Saaten Union have worked together to successfully provide the UK market with an alternative supply of competitive cereal varieties, said Elsoms Agricultural Division head, Adrian Hayler. “We now have a very strong pipeline of varieties through Elsoms Wheat Ltd and Elsoms Ackerman Barley Ltd joint venture breeding programmes, combined with the impressive resources of Saaten Union. “Andrew joined us at a very exciting time and is providing our customers with technical support for our portfolio of cereal varieties,” he concluded.

New sales and marketing directors at Standen Standen Engineering has announced the appointment of Edward Gilbert (top)and Martyn Gardner (bottom left) as sales and marketing directors. Both have been valuable members of the Standen team for five years, in the roles of area sales managers for the east and west respectively, says the Ely-based business. As company board members, they will be responsible for the

strategic leadership of the sales and marketing department within the business, UK and export sales of Standen’s British manufactured potato machinery, sales of imported potato and vegetable machinery under Standen Reflex, product development and overall growth strategy; helping the business to achieve further success within the UK and overseas. Managing director, Owen Blake said; “Edward and Martyn bring a wealth of sales experience and valuable product knowledge to the team here at Standen, we are very pleased to welcome them to the board.”

Machinery valuer appointment New branch manager role for Cara Cara Jeffrey has been appointed as branch manager for John Deere dealer Burden Bros Agri’s Framfield site. Previous roles have included commercial manager for Marks & Spencer and store manager for both Matalan and Homebase. Her career at Homebase included roles

in HR and change management. These involved time at the company headquarters in Milton Keynes and regionally across southern England. Prior to joining Burden Bros Agri Cara managed 10 Homebase stores in the south east. Cara holds a PRINCE2 Foundation Certificate in project management and is a qualified member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Nicholsons appointment and open day news Kevin Chubbock has joined Stalham Engineering (Nicholsons) as machinery salesman and demonstrator. Working alongside Tony and David Nicholson, Kevin will be focusing on the new Case IH product range and specialising in Case IH precision farming

equipment, as well as supporting JCB Fastracs and all other product ranges. After 30 years of working with agricultural machinery, Kevin brings vast experience and knowledge to the role, and is an excellent addition to the sales team, says the dealer. New and existing customers can meet Kevin and the rest of the team at the company’s open day event on 21st February, 10am–10pm.

‘Driving force’ in potato research Dr Mike Storey has been awarded the John Green Memorial Trophy for his exceptional contribution to the British potato industry. Head of resource management at AHDB, Dr Storey received the award at the annual Cambridge University Potato Growers Research Association (CUPGRA) conference dinner. CUPGRA president John Chinn

said that Dr Storey has been a ‘driving force’ in research and innovation in the potato industry for 35 years. “The award celebrates his knowledge of the potato crop, his skills in knowledge transfer and his influence and contribution to our industry through the translation of applied science.” The award is named after CUPGRA founder John Green, who established Greens of Soham with his brother Andrew in 1966 and was a great supporter of potato research.

David Wilson has been appointed machinery valuer for Cheffins. He joins the Cambridgeshirebased team after more than 28 years in the agricultural machinery industry. David previously worked at Standen Engineering where he was company sales director and handled all UK and export sales. In his new role, David will be working valuing machinery for the on-site team, assisting with machinery sales at Sutton and

applying his knowledge of the root crop industry to attract new business and provide specialist advice to Cheffins’ customer base. Bill King, chairman of Cheffins said: “We are thrilled to welcome David to the team and are sure that his wealth of experience will help us to drive Cheffins forward in all areas of the industry. As on-farm sales continue to increase in regularity and with last year’s sales grossing over £10m, David will be essential in helping us to consign some of the best equipment for the UK’s leading on-site sales.”

ICL expands technical sales team The speciality agriculture division of ICL has announced the appointment of a new technical sales manager, Dr Richard Collins, who joined the team in January. Richard worked previously as a senior lecturer and researcher in crop sciences at the University Centre Myerscough, and is looking forward to applying this skill set in his new role.

“Research is a real passion of mine and I’ve conducted various collaborative projects in the agricultural and amenity turf sectors, trialling biostimulant products for plant health and establishment, foliar fertilisers, and seed treatments,” he said. He explained that his daily role would entail on-going technical development of the ICL product range, as well as providing agronomic support to customers.

Farming charity appointment Farming charity R.A.B.I has coopted agricultural lawyer Sue Lister onto its council of trustees. Sue has worked for Kentbased law firm Thomson Snell & Passmore since 1999 and is head of agricultural and rural affairs. Sue said: “I am delighted to join R.A.B.I as a trustee and further help

the charity to support farmers in England and Wales who are struggling, particularly with the prospect of wide-ranging changes to farming businesses in the future. Having been involved with R.A.B.I for a number of years, both as part of my practice as an agricultural lawyer and also in my personal life, I am really excited to be able to assist first-hand with the vital work it does.”

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