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Are you our next SPot host?

15 January 2018

We're looking for a forward-thinking potato growers who are interested in making an impact on the potato industry

  • Do you like working with other growers in your region?
  • Would you be happy to invite researchers to your farm and to try out some of the latest thinking?
  • Are you looking to make positive changes to your business?

If the answer to the questions above is yes, you could be our next Strategic Potato Farm Host.

How it works

AHDB provide the funding, uncover potential researchers and trial subjects as well as handling all communications and promotion. We will facilitate all strategic farm activities.

What we ask from our hosts is: plots in your potato fields to run demonstrations, an open-minded attitude from you and your team and the willingness to act as a figurehead for press communications and events held on your farm. Expect to discuss what is happening at your business with other local growers and agronomists.

Hosts will be supported during the decision making process for the Strategic Farm season by a steering group, including AHDB and the researchers involved.

​Host's viewpoint - Kerr Howatson Farm Manager, Bruce Farms - SPot Scotland

Hear Kerr speak at BP2017 about his experiences as a Strategic Farm host:

Host's viewpoint - Andrew Francis

“Our decision to host a SPot Farm was born out of a quest for knowledge, we have several challenges that come in to our business and businesses in the area who have light soils.
Holding a SPot farm here allows us to look at best practice and innovation.”

Andrew Francis, Farm Manager at SPot Farm East, Elveden Farms Ltd

Elveden are entering their third year as a Strategic Farm. Andrew won 'Arable Innovator of the Year' at the 2017 British Farming Awards

Contact us today for an informal chat

The possibilities for demonstration topics are near endless and could include: challenging cultivations and soil management practices, crop nutrition theory, varieties and seed rates, the use of precision, in-field greening, burn-off, harvest and loading techniques.

We'd be happy to chat to anyone who thinks they could be interested in hosting next year, or in the future - either over the phone or over coffee at your farm office.

Knowledge Exchange contacts

Northern and Eastern England contact - Graham Bannister - graham.bannister@ahdb.org.uk   -  07580 704 673

East Midlands contact - Amber Cottingham - amber.cottingham@ahdb.org.uk  -  07815 001 462

Scotland contact - Claire Hodge - claire.hodge@ahdb.org.uk - 07771 798 552

West and South West contact - Bill Watts - bill.watts@ahdb.org.uk  - 07776 660 796