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About People New product manager for fungicides

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Melanie Wardle has been appointed fungicides product manager for Adama Agricultural Solutions UK. She will be responsible for developing and implementing product campaigns for the company’s range of fungicides and for communicating trials results and technical product data to key stakeholders. Melanie joins Adama from

Syngenta where she held roles including marketing manager, wheat campaign manager and marketing communications manager. “Melanie is well-known and respected within the crop protection sector as an experienced and successful marketing professional,” explains Adama’s technical and marketing director., Ali Bosher. “I look forward to working alongside her to promote the best use of Adama’s wide range of cereal, oilseed rape and vegetable fungicides.”

Technical manager role for Ruth Ruth Stanley has been appointed UK technical manager for Life Scientific. It’s a new role within the company which it says reflects the growing portfolio of its off-patent crop protection products registered for use in the UK.

Previously campaign manager at BASF for cereal herbicides and PGRs, Ruth brings a wealth of experience and first hand farming knowledge to the role, as she is an active partner in her family’s arable farming enterprise in Leicestershire. She is also a BASIS examiner. Ruth will be the point of contact for advisers and growers providing them with technical support.

Challenges and opportunities ahead Agricultural buying organisation, the AF Group, has appointed Neil Beadle as seeds business manager. Neil brings with him a wealth of experience across the industry having previously worked for Bayer CropScience, DuPont and as UK country manager for FMC. Neil will be supported by Chris Haydock and Lindy Blanchard who, with many years’ experience

delivering seeds, crop nutrition and crop protection products and advice to our members, represent a formidable crop production team, says AF. “The British agricultural industry has always been responsive – there are challenges ahead, but significant prospects too,” says Neil. “I see countless opportunities for AF in the next few years, which is progressive and becoming much more strategic with its suppliers and members.”

Agronomy company names new MD Agronomy firm ProCam has appointed Diane Heath as its UK managing director. Diane brings more than 20 years’ experience in technical and commercial agriculture having previously worked for a research-based crop protection manufacturer and in distribution, including roles in field-based agronomy, sales and marketing and, more recently, as head of crop

protection for a distributor. “This is a hugely exciting time to join ProCam,” said Mrs Heath. “While crop protection remains at the heart of what we offer, recent years have seen increasing expertise in seeds and traits, crop nutrition, biological products, conservation agriculture and precision farming. All of these allow us to provide a fully integrated service – something that will be increasingly important as farmers face a number of technical challenges over coming years.”

Promotion for Sam Sam Bell has been promoted to commercial director for CF Fertilisers following the retirement of Mike Buchan. Formerly head of sales and marketing for the company, Sam joined CF Fertilisers at its Incebased headquarters in Cheshire in 2014 after a successful career in marketing and commercial

roles across chemical and manufacturing industries. “We are delighted Sam has agreed to take on the new position and continue the great work she has already started,” says managing director David Hopkins. “Agriculture faces challenging times ahead and we can think of no better person to build on the hard work and achievements delivered by Mike Buchan.”

Consultant appointments Crop production specialist Hutchinsons has appointed Keith Norman as external consultant to its technical and training teams and David Neale as specialist consultant to its seed business. Keith will provide consultancy support to the technical areas of the business and will help to develop the Foundation and Academy agronomist training programmes. Keith recently retired from his previous role as technical

director for Velcourt where he supported a team of 45 farm managers responsible for farming more than 50,000ha of commercial crops. Meanwhile David will provide consultancy support across several areas of the business, including the development of new opportunities for the fast growing Hutchinsons seed business. He will support the development of business opportunities with Hutchinsons agronomy teams in Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and surrounding areas and will provide the business with insight and updates on activities in the grain marketing sector.

Parts supply and marketing co-ordinator A new recruit to the Argo Tractors team handling sales and distribution of Landini and McCormick products in the UK and Ireland has been appointed to focus on parts supply to agricultural machinery dealers. Stuart Watson’s territory takes in Ireland, Scotland and the north of England, enabling national parts sales manager Tony Burgess to focus on Wales and the rest of England. “Argo Tractors has an excellent online parts finding system that our dealers use to quickly locate the correct items for particular tractor models, and we back that up with our parts technical support staff at Harworth,” Stuart Watson said. Argo Tractors UK and Ireland MD, Adrian Winnett, welcomed

Stuart’s appointment: “His career specialising in the parts side of the agricultural machinery business gives us a very experienced manager for this territory.” Rachael Groves’ appointment in the new role of marketing co-ordinator meant organising every aspect of the company’s Lamma show stand from working on the build schedule and ensuring the social media technology was up and running, to staging two dealer meetings during the event. “It was absolutely non-stop in the weeks leading up to the show and no two days were the same,” said Rachael. “But it was also very exciting to be part of a team putting on such an ambitious, modern and stylish exhibit of Landini and McCormick tractors at the show.”

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