October 13, 2020 8:00 PM

Agrovista welcomes two new trainees to the team

  • Agrovista appoints two new graduate agronomists to the team
  • James Blair joins the north west team
  • Alice Bourne joins the Shrewsbury team

James Blair and Alice Bourne are two new recruits to the Agrovista team.

23-year-old James Blair recently graduated from Myerscough College with a first-class honours degree in agricultural crop science.

Having grown up on his family’s dairy farm in Cumbria, James took an interest in crops during his degree. He then gained hands-on experience through shadowing agronomists and working two harvests in the Cotswolds. 

Based near Carlisle, he joins the north west team working alongside Simon Nelson and Steven Gate, and will start studying for his BASIS qualification. 

James said: “It’s important to me to have a career strongly associated with practical farming, so as I became more interested in the arable side of agriculture, agronomy became the obvious choice.

Also joining Agrovista is 22-year-old Alice Bourne. Having graduated with a first-class honours degree in geography, Alice was awarded a scholarship to complete a master’s degree in sustainable crop production at Warwick University. 

Originally from Pocklington in Yorkshire, she spent three summers working as a field trials assistant for Eurofins and more recently, has worked at a dairy and poultry farm in Warwickshire.

Alice joins Agrovista’s Shrewsbury team and will also be starting her BASIS training. She said: “I found that the land management and soils elements of my geography degree really appealed to me, and so chose to research nitrate leaching for my undergraduate dissertation project.

Commenting on the new recruits, Commercial Director Jon Tanner, said: “It’s great to welcome new talent into the business at what is undoubtedly a very exciting time for UK agriculture.  

“Alice and James will be working alongside some of Agrovista’s best agronomists during their training, and I’ve no doubt they will become valued partners to their customers as their careers develop.”

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