A new addition to the Scottish Agricultural College (SAC) consulting team in St Boswells has a local’s understanding of Borders farming and families.
For Scotland’s Rural College the appointment of Jonathan Black is evidence of a continued commitment to agriculture and rural businesses in the Borders.
Jonathan Black, from Allanton near Chirnside, now makes up the team of four consultants in the office at Greycook.
Formerly with long-established vegetable processors Drysdales, where he worked as a crop manager, Jonathan adds to the expertise in arable farming – a key part of Borders production.
He said: “My background means I have a sound understanding of the realities of farming in the area. I know the issues surrounding the production of good healthy crops in a changing climate and with often volatile market prices. I enjoy working with clients and getting out in the field.”
Senior Agricultural Consultant Donald Dunbar commented: “Jonathan is a valued addition to our team. Just now, much of our work is focused on helping clients get to grips with the administration of the latest reform of the Common Agricultural Policy.
“It is challenging for everybody but important to get right. But as the season progresses I am sure Jonathan will be out and about dealing with the more practical farming issues affecting local producers, backed up by the specialist expertise SAC Consulting colleagues provide across Scotland.”
Clients attending virtually every one of SAC consulting’s locally-based centres across Scotland will see a new face or faces. Of the new appointments nine are business consultants while 10 more new staff will provide technical expertise and assistance with tasks such as soil sampling, data handling and mapping.
SAC Consulting provides technical, rural business and veterinary services to more than 11,000 customers in the islands as well as in the varying landscapes of the Scottish mainland.
Scotland’s Rural College supports innovation and sustainable development in agriculture and the rural sector in Britain and internationally. It is one of the UK’s leading agriculturally-focused higher education institutions, offering a unique blend of research, education and consultancy.
SRUC’s research and education activities operate from six campuses and eight farms and research centres across Scotland. Their consultancy arm, SAC Consulting, supports more than 12,000 farms and rural businesses across the UK from 25 consultancy offices and eight veterinary disease surveillance centres.
SRUC was established in 2012 through the mergerof Barony, Elmwood, Oatridge and the Scottish Agricultural College.