National agronomy advice and services supplier Agrovista has appointed two trainee agronomists, James Blair and Alice Bourne, to its team.

Mr Blair, a recent agricultural crop science graduate of Myerscough College, is from a Cumbria dairy family farming background. He will join the north west team working alongside Simon Nelson and Steven Gate, and will begin studying for his BASIS qualification. He will be based near Carlisle.

“Agrovista is a progressive business and forage is an important element within that, which is something that I can strongly relate to having come from a dairy farm,” he says. “I’m open-minded and really looking forward to learning more about areas such as soil health and how this can have a positive impact for farmers in my region.”

Ms Bourne has a master’s degree in sustainable crop production from Warwick University. Her experience includes working as a field trials assisstant for Eurofins and work at a dairy and poultry farm in Warwickshire. She joins the Shrewsbury team, and will also be starting BASIS training. She says: “I found that the land management and soils elements of my geography degree really appealed to me, and so chose to research nitrate leaching for my undergraduate dissertation project.

Commenting on the new recruits, Agrovista commercial director Jon Tanner says: “It’s great to welcome new talent into the business at what is undoubtedly a very exciting time for UK agriculture. Alice and James will be working alongside some of Agrovista’s best agronomists during their training, and I’ve no doubt they will become valued partners to their customers as their careers develop.”