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Ruth Bailey, Chief Executive Officer of the Agricultural Engineers Association and Chair the Voluntary Initiative Community Interest Group representing the sponsoring organisations, announcing the appointment, said: “I am delighted to say that following a recruitment exercise involving an extremely high class field of candidates, Paul Temple has been selected to be the new VI Chairman.
“Paul’s breadth of knowledge of the agriculture industry, including his time as Vice President of the National Farmers’ Union, and his experience as an innovative farmer who is a willing adopter of new technologies, makes him an obvious choice to lead the VI at this challenging time for the agriculture industry.
“I would also like to thank the outgoing Chairman Richard Butler for his outstanding contribution to the work of the VI over the past six years. Richard has been instrumental in making the VI the industry champion for high-class environmental stewardship.”
Paul Temple who farms near Driffield in East Yorkshire offered his thanks to all the sponsor organisations of the VI for the trust they have placed in him to take the organisation forward.
“I am honoured to have been chosen to lead the VI at this important time for British agriculture,” he said
“Although we do not yet know the Government’s plans for our sector, I know that the pressure on all of us to continue to produce good wholesome food at a price that is fair to the producer and consumer alike will increase.
“To achieve this, we must always look to make the most agri-economic efficient use of our land. This brings challenges that will require the industry to adopt new and innovative practices that encourage greater use of integrated approaches and the continued responsible use of pesticides. We also need to demonstrate that the whole industry takes stewardship of our land seriously and, as importantly, we must do this in a way that is sympathetic to the wider environment.”