Movers & Shakers: James Ingles appointed head of agriculture at Barenbrug

Barenbrug has appointed James Ingles to the new position of head of agriculture.

Barenbrug has appointed James Ingles to the new position of head of agriculture. - Credit: Archant

BURY St Edmunds-based seed producer Barenbrug has appointed James Ingles to the new position of head of agriculture.

James has been with the company for 14 years and involved in the agricultural industry for 25 years. He will work to develop a wider portfolio in agriculture, exploring complementary products and opportunities for customers, whilst increasing the depth of support offered to an expanding client base.

“These are exciting times to be in the livestock sector, but also challenging ones,” said James. “There is an increasing demand for more production from UK grassland and we want to help livestock farmers achieve this by offering more yield, quality and persistency.

“Research and development is at the very heart of what we do, which is why we continue to invest heavily in our 50-acre trial site near Evesham, with others in Loughall and Aberdeen.

“It is also important we continue to emphasise to our stockists we are there to help if any of their customers have any challenges or issues. I, and the rest of my team, are always prepared to meet farmers to see if we can utilise our collective expertise to their benefit.”


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