The Voluntary Initiative (VI), the industry body promoting the stewardship and responsible use of pesticides alongside integrated pest management (IPM), has appointed Phil Jarvis as its new chairman. He succeeds Yorkshire farmer Paul Temple after three years in the post.

Mr Jarvis is farm manager of The Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust’s Allerton Project at Loddington in Leicestershire, where he has worked since 1992. He is a former chair of the NFU Environment Forum and vice chair of the NFU Combinable Crops Board and has also sat on the BBSRC Bioscience for Sustainable Agriculture and Food Strategy Advisory Panel.

Chair of the VI board representing the eight sponsor organisations, Ruth Bailey, comments: “Phil Jarvis brings a wealth of experience as a farmer and industry advocate with a superb understanding of innovative, practical farming. The organisation is very well-placed to promote Integrated Pest Management as the UK exits the EU transition period and works towards the aspirations of the 25-year Environment Plan.”

Mr Jarvis adds: “Our landscape management is entering an exciting and challenging period, where food production and environmental protection take on an increasingly important role in society. I’m looking for solutions to challenges, removing barriers that will encourage more collaboration and promote practises that ensure both our farming and environment prosper.”