It’s an exciting time for AKC as we welcome Richard Hooson and Adam Langford to the team, each of them bringing new skills to our agricultural consultancy.
Adam has started with AKC as our first agri-environmental consultant. His background and skillset enable us to provide our clients additional value, offering environmental assessments and ecological surveys. Adam will be providing specialist follow-up work under the Future Farming Resilience Fund and he will help to support all our clients in their transition to using new land-based schemes.
Originally from Kent, Adam has worked for Natural England following his postgraduate study in Wildlife Conservation. He has also worked on fruit farms in the Southeast, and on habitat connectivity on Salisbury Plain.
Delivering for commercial farms is the core focus of Adam’s skillset, having worked as a Catchment Sensitive Farming Adviser in the Bristol Avon region, where he helped farmers improve their air and water quality, as well as their contribution to natural flood management and nature recovery. His main focus was on guiding farmers with slurry and manure management, utilising current land management schemes to improve legislation compliance. Adam’s motto is ‘efficiency to drive environmental gain’. He says:
‘With ever-growing pressure on land use and public scrutiny on the farming sector, the need for robust advice and support for farmers is essential. Through a blend of upcoming schemes and support I hope farmers can navigate their way to more efficient, profitable, higher-welfare farming systems while also contributing to improved soil health, nature recovery and climate resilience. These twin objectives can be achieved alongside each other.’
Future Farming Resilience Fund
We have also recently welcomed Richard Hooson, who will be working on the Future Farming Resilience Fund. This is a great opportunity for farmers to receive tailored support and guidance on Agricultural Transition, through DEFRA’s funding. Over the summer, Richard and AKC will be busy attending shows & regional events to build awareness of this free service.
Richard previously worked for Genus, supporting farmers with milking diagnostics, and he has been a farm business consultant for Promar for several years.
His experience within the banking sector as a financial adviser equips him well when appraising and assessing farming businesses and advising on areas for improvement.
Richard also has an independent business focusing on LED light control in livestock housing and buildings.
Having worked within the dairy industry for many years, Richard believes that dairy farmers with the right mindset and attitude can remain productive whilst delivering under Environmental Land Management Schemes. Having also worked for milking equipment suppliers, Richard is well-positioned to offer advice for anyone investing in a parlour or robotic milking system.
In the coming months, we look forward to working with our clients through the agricultural transition and adding new services to those we provide our farming clients.
We feel very confident Adam and Richard will be a great addition to the team.
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01380 724687 akcagric.co.uk