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Introducing our new Steering Committee for 2023

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Our committee has been carefully selected to bring insight and expertise from growers, agronomists and industry thought leaders. 

This mix of highly skilled and experienced individuals will be on hand to provide insight and actionable advice for the event. The committee will help shape the industry, inform our attendees and promote The CropTec Show as a valuable space for knowledge exchange. 

Colin Chappell

Colin Chappell

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Colin Chappell is an award-winning arable farmer from Northern Lincolnshire. Currently, custodian to 645ha of heavy clay loams in the Ancholme Valley, he runs a wide and diverse rotation with less productive land growing Miscanthus. 5.5% of the farm is dedicated to environmental measures, and every year around 300 schoolchildren visit to learn where their food comes from. Passionate about soil health, his current focus is on nutrient use efficiencies and decreasing his carbon footprint. As an ex-AHDB monitor farmer, he cites knowledge exchange as key to his progressive approach to agriculture. 

Harry Henderson

Harry Henderson

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Starting out as a tractor, combine and crop sprayer operator for Rothamsted Research becoming farm manager at Monsanto Cambridge. From there he took a role with John Deere as a Crop Systems Specialist involved in sales support in combine harvester, crop sprayer and precision technology products. In 2013 Harry joined AHDB as a regional manager for the North of England and is now Technical Knowledge Exchange Manager with a focus technical knowledge transfer, mechanisation, soil management and sustainable arable farming.

Michael Kavanagh

Michael Kavanagh

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Michael is a farm manager from Shropshire who was a Soil Farmer of the Year finalist in 2020.  Biology, manure, cover crops and correct nutrition allow him to farm this way. He grows a diverse range of combinable crops including milling wheat, malting barley, and quinoa among others. Farming operations extend to 1700 acres on a mixture of land owned, contract farmed and grazing licensed.

Patrick Levinge

Patrick Levinge

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Patrick lives in the Cotswolds and has worked for Velcourt for 4 years, the majority of which as ‘Head of Agronomy’. The Velcourt Advisory services is made up of 9 agronomists based from North Yorkshire down to the south coast. His time is spent mainly with clients but also with a remit to develop the team. There is an ever increasing requirement for good independent advice and we are very fortunate to have our own R & D team within the business, along with farming approximately 60,000 hectares in the UK allows us to deliver a unique offer. 

Sarah Cowlrick

Sarah Cowlrick

Sarah Cowlrick

After a career in farm business management and overseeing one of the first bench marking systems with ICI Sarah heads up the AICC (Association of Independent Crop Consultants) as their CEO .  She has a demonstrated track record in agriculture and strong organisational and communication skills and an exceptional knowledge of agronomists throughout the UK. She manages the continued independent agronomy market share growth and success of the AICC national technical winter conference, R&D trials, member training and the summer technical event as well as outside contracts with a team based in Hampshire and a Board of Directors, all established agronomists throughout the UK.

Thomas Gent

Thomas Gent

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Thomas Gent is a 4th generation farmer from South Lincolnshire. He and his family farm 800 hectares and have been doing so regeneratively for 15 years. Thomas is also the UK Market Lead for Agreena. Agreena operates Europe’s largest carbon farming program. I am delighted to be part of this year’s Agriconnect Steering Committee. Farming is going through a huge change and it is important we have access to great knowledge sharing both between farmers and experts.

Will Oliver

Will Oliver

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Will Oliver, is fourth generation on the family farm. Working with the family as part of a diverse farming business. The business includes a wide range of activities from arable, poultry, glamping and lettings. Will is on National Crops Board, Maize Growers Association Council and ambassador for Clean Up Britain. 

The mainstay of the business for generations has been the arable department. And that remains that case today. The organic manures from the poultry has revolutionised our Cost of Production. Especially in this volatile time. Passionate about efficiency and moving the business forward. Utilising manures by growing grain maize for GLW feeds is seeing huge benefits to our soils. Bringing cover crops, sheep and utilising manures into our rotation. The future looks bright as we moving toward direct drilling and reducing fixed cost and working on improving efficiency further…..the bi production being net zero hopefully.  

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