July 09, 2013
Power Farming Group – Great Plains’ distributor in Australia and New Zealand – is strengthening its presence in the latter country with the appointment of John Chapman as Product Specialist for seeding and cultivation equipment.
John (39) has spent 15 years on managing farms in Suffolk and Norfolk in the UK since graduating from the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester with an MSc in Farm Management.
He expects that practical farming experience to be valuable in his new role in New Zealand, a country he already knows well. He started work at the beginning of July and will be joined in the country by his wife and daughter soon:
“We have visited the country several times in the past and loved it. It is an ideal country with a great climate and plenty of outdoors activities.
“This new job offers me lots of challenges, and I expect the practical experience I have gained to prove valuable when deployed in a different way.
“My experience with rotations involving many different crops means I have used many cultivation techniques, as well as a wide range of cultivators and drills to achieve quality seed beds and successful crop establishment in all sorts of conditions and soil types.
“I believe this experience will enable me to help famers and contractors who are looking to buy our products in a practical, agronomic and experience-led manner”.
Graeme Leigh from Power Farming Group says John’s appointment marks a new trend for the company:
“We really value John’s working knowledge of agronomy. We expect him to offer a fresh angle on some of the applications we are trying with Great Plains’ British-built tillage range in crops other than cereals and oilseed rape. New Zealand farmers are currently very receptive to current trends from Europe.
“We are taking a very similar course of action in Australia, where we expect to appoint an agronomist into a key role as well”.