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Matthew Wallace

8 June 2015
Matthew Wallace, 27, assistant farm manager, North Yorkshire
 
Although not from a farming background, Matthew from the Cotswolds has always been interested in arable farming. 
 
“My passion for the potato crop started on a work placement, when I worked on a Velcourt farm in South Lincolnshire, on a placement during my Agriculture and Land Management degree at the Royal Agricultural College,” explains Matthew.
 
After graduating Matthew was accepted onto the Velcourt Trainee Management Scheme, based in Northumberland growing seed potatoes.
 
In late 2010 Matthew moved to his current role at Fridlington Farms Ltd. His responsibilities include the potato operations totalling 550 acres of processing potatoes for McCain Foods and Walkers Crisps.
 
“Potato production is challenging, but success is rewarding,” ends Matthew. “I am going to BP2013 to update myself with the latest ideas and technology associated with potato production.”
 
(Details correct as of November 2013)