Leicestershire farmer Phil Jarvis has been appointed chairman of the Voluntary Initiative – the organisation which works to encourage the responsible use of pesticides.
Mr Jarvis is farm manager at the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust’s Allerton Project. He farms 800ha of winter wheat, winter oilseed rape, winter/spring oats and winter/spring beans in a joint venture with his neighbour.
With 30 years of experience in the industry, Mr Jarvis also chairs the NFU’s environment
forum. He said: “I’m looking for solutions to challenges, removing barriers that will encourage more collaboration and promote practices
that ensure both our farming and environment prosper.”