Editorial Director, Farmers Weekly
Karl Schneider is editor of Farmers Weekly and editorial director of Proagrica, the global agriculture media, software, data and connectivity business.
Karl has been a business journalist for 30 years, working closely with the Farmers Weekly team for more than a decade and before that holding senior roles on some of the UK’s biggest titles including New Scientist and Computer Weekly.
Vice Chair, Camgrain Stores Ltd
Co-founder, RTK Farming Ltd
David White farms 160ha on light land over chalk between Cambridge and Newmarket. He is in his forth year practicing Conservation Agriculture – no-till direct drilling into catch and cover crops farming “forever green”. David’s interest in doing his own trials was fostered by the time spend hosting wheat and OSR trials for Niab on the farm. Going from full cultivation to 100% no-till in a single step was a big change that could only be made successfully by trialing different things to see what works best on his soil type, with many new things still being tried each year. A member of Base UK has given the opportunity to learn from many experienced no-till regenerative farmers from across the globe as well and visiting farms in Europe.
Innovation Hub Lead, CHAP
Jenna Ross’ Ross’ enthusiasm for agriculture started at a young age on her family farm in Aberdeenshire. She has completed her MBA and received a Nuffield scholarship which gave her the opportunity to travel to 15 countries looking at different methods of slug control and slug invasions, and how these impact on the agricultural industry.
Jenna has been the winner of 2 prestigious awards – Land-based Aquaculture Higher Education Learner of the Year award and the Council for Awards of Royal Agricultural Societies (CARAS). She holds honorary positions at of Secretary for Nuffield Scotland, the University of Aberdeen and Stellenbosch University in South Africa, the latter of which, she co-supervises PhD students working on slug nematodes.
Farmer, Fortshot House Farm
Peter Trickett is a Nuffield scholar and Yorkshire arable farmer growing 400ha of combinable crops on a mix of owned and rented land, mostly classified grade 3. His main crops grown consist of milling wheat, milling oats, feed barley and oilseed rape. Though Peter had no formal agricultural training, he read microbiology at Leeds University and has since achieved BASIS and FACTS qualifications as well as conducting his own agronomy with advice from Crop Dynamics.
His son Alastair has recently joined the business and introduced a flock of NZ Romneys which graze on their rented grassland. Peter and Alastair are now integrating the sheep into the arable enterprise and into a Countryside Stewardship scheme in order to benefit both soil and profit.
Simon Kightley has been leading NIAB’s oilseed rape variety testing programme for the last thirty years, designing and conducting trials and providing advice to growers. In that time he has witnessed and tracked continuous breeding achievement, first in the double-low varieties, then in hybrids and then with new types, such as the semi-dwarfs, altered fatty acid types and now turnip yellows virus resistance. In a period of ever-changing challenges for the crop, he has been at the forefront of the battle against the flea beetle and tracking down the sources of erucic contamination that recently came to light.
Cheryl Turnbull has joined the variety performance team after ten years in NIAB’s DUS department, where new varieties are characterised for Plant Breeders’ Rights and Certification. Since 2014, her work too has been an unending battle against the flea beetle and, going into the 2019/20 season, Cheryl is heading-up new work in companion cropping and flea beetle migration monitoring.