Yorkshire arable farmer Tony Bell has been appointed to the AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds sector board.
Mr Bell brings with him a wide range of experience including commodity purchasing and feed production and he now farms 250 hectares (617 acres) of arable crops at Thorpefield in North Yorkshire in partnership with his wife and brother.
Martin Grantley-Smith, AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds sector strategy director said: “It’s great to have Tony’s experience as we focus on our priorities of improving on-farm productivity and competitiveness of UK grains."
With a lifetime spent in the animal feed sector, Mr Grantley-Smith added that Mr Bell will bring greater clarity to the production of feed grains, which accounts for about 63 per cent of cereals production in the UK.
“Meeting the UK feed industry’s needs more closely will reduce waste in the supply chains and improve the UK’s competitiveness, and Tony will provide valuable advice to the board on how AHDB can help bring this about.”
Mr Bell said: “On retiring from ForFarmers [a year ago], I felt I wanted to utilise my experience from the processing world. The opportunity to be on the AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds board was unique as I felt I could contribute from my experience both in the animal feed sector and as a farmer.”
At ForFarmers, Mr Bell was responsible for the team buying the two million tonnes of raw materials required for the business; formulation of diets; and raw material logistics.
Mr Bell takes up his two-to-three year post on April 1, 2018.