FARMCARE, part of the Co-operative Group, has appointed Dr Bob Bulmer as its new environmental agronomist.
Dr Bulmer will be at the helm of several projects designed to bring more integrated, sustainable management to farmcare, which manages over 35,000 hectares of farmland in England and Scotland, 10,000 of which are owned by the Group.
Formerly at agrochemical company Dalgety, where he was national agronomist, Dr Bulmer, who has also worked for MAFF, the former Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, brings a wealth of experience to his new role.
While at Dalgety he helped implement changes to pesticide legislation, liaising with the Crop Protection Association and other major national bodies.
His appointment follows the pioneering Focus on Farming Report, summarising the results of the Probe integrated farming project, a ten-year trial by farmcare on a 150-acre site in Leicestershire into greener ways of farming and protecting wildlife habitats ? important in fending off crop pests. Major environmental benefits include a massive reduction in the use of pesticides and lower nitrate leaching levels.
Dr Bulmer, who will now lead the farmcare trials, said: "I am looking forward immensely to working with farmcare on the many challenges ahead when it comes to issues like crop management and a more integrated approach to farm management.
"We need to take the best of the traditional methods and combine these with a more sustainable, environmentally friendly route to integrated farming."