NFU members in Essex have a new county adviser working on their behalf.
Jake Richards joins the NFU East Anglia team after completing a PhD for sugar beet growers and the British Beet Research Organisation at the University of Nottingham.
He grew up on his family’s farm between Bury St Edmunds and Sudbury in Suffolk and has always had a keen interest in agriculture.
He studied agricultural and crop science at Nottingham before undertaking his PhD.
Jake said: “I’ve been researching the effects of cover crops on soil structure and the subsequent yield of sugar beet.
“I’ve really enjoyed how practical and applied my PhD has been. The motivation that comes from working on something that is useful to farmers is very fulfilling. This is something that I’m looking forward to continuing in my new role with the NFU.
“Essex is an extremely important county for food and farming. I’m keen to get to know the NFU members who farm there and to help them as best I can during this extremely challenging period for agriculture.”
NFU Regional Director Rachel Carrington said: “The county adviser role is all about listening to, and working with, members in the heart of their community and striving to make a real difference on their behalf.
“Jake’s knowledge and experience, and his passion for agriculture, will prove invaluable and I am pleased to welcome him to the regional team.”
Jake replaces Adam Scott, who has moved to a new role as County Network Manager.