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Adam Lidstone

25 May 2016

Adam is a 3rd generation potato grower and currently works as Assistant Farm Manager on his family farm, A J Lidstone & Son, on the coast of South Devon.

The business grows potatoes for supermarkets, merchants and packhouses in the UK and also supplies wholesale fruit and vegetable traders in Devon, Cornwall, Bristol and the surrounding areas with potatoes all year around through daily deliveries.

His role covers the day to day management of all aspects of potato production including seed selection, agronomy, harvesting and handling, right through to storage and final sales. He has first-hand experience of working with first earlies, earlies-crispers and set-skin bakers. 

He holds a National Diploma in Agriculture from Riseholme College, and after graduating spent 2 years as an operator at Patrick Dean Ltd looking after the farm work on the estate on the south side of the city of Lincoln.  

'Those years of learning enabled me to bring home to the family business some of the modern techniques I had observed embedded alongside traditional values and we now have an integrated GPS system and new storage facility currently being built. 

I applied for the Next Generation Programme because I felt it was a real opportunity to give me insight into parts of the supply chain I have great interest in but less experience, and that access to would be difficult to achieve without the programme.

Broadening my overall knowledge and experience base, along with meeting like-minded people and industry professionals will bring a wealth of benefits not just to my own personal development, but also to our business, the other delegates on the programme and the potato industry as a whole.

I feel I can bring a lot to the table representing a modest, but crucial, part of the supply chain. Even in my short career to date, I have seen many highs and lows and with consumption dropping, eating habits changing and production down, there has never been a time like this for the industry as a whole to pull together.'

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