North Yorkshire agronomist wins industry award

Yorkshire-based agronomist Mark Fletcher has won this year’s Barrie Orme Shield, beating over 100 candidates to the coveted industry prize.

The shield is given each year to the best candidate for the BASIS Certificate in Crop Protection, one of the key qualifications for agronomists.

Agrii regional general manager Jim Rennie said he was delighted for Mr Fletcher and his triumph in such a competitive field.

“This is a huge accolade for Mark, who was one of 136 candidates to pass the BASIS Certificate this year. To come out on top of a strong field is a great achievement,” he said.

Mr Fletcher is among 300 agronomists working for Agrii, one of the largest providers of agronomy services in the country.

Having joined in 2011, Mr Fletcher currently works in and around Northallerton, North Yorkshire, focusing on arable crops, but also offering advice on soft fruit, protected lettuce and brassicas.

He was presented with the award by Sir Jim Paice MP (pictured) at a short ceremony at the Farmers Club in London.

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