Interagro appoints former FERA, CRD and IGER leader as regulatory manager

A wealth of agrochemical experience makes Ed Heywood a welcome appointment, as regulatory manager, to the expanding adjuvant and biostimulants business, Interagro.

Mr Heywood previously held roles with the Chemicals Regulations Division (CRD) – part of the Health and Safety Executive, the Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA), the Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research (IGER) and APC, a regulatory and development consultancy specialising in biocides and chemicals.

His roles to date have given Mr Heywood a rich vein of experience encompassing crop protection and agronomy within agriculture, horticulture and covered crops, as well as expertise within policy, regulatory and R&D activities. He has also managed a field station and associated crop trial and application work.

“Interagro is manufacturing pioneering adjuvant and biostimulant technologies for farmers and growers, which are proving to be very welcome given the ever-tougher regulatory scrutiny of crop protection products. Our pipeline includes a move into new market areas, which makes it a very exciting time to join the team,” he says.

Commenting on his appointment, Interagro director, Emma Ralph said: “The positions Ed has held have all been focused on crop protection regulation and new product development. His inclusion within our business comes at a perfect time in our growth, as we expand our product discovery and launches into EU markets.”

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John Swire - Deputy editor of Agronomist and Arable Farmer as well as responsibility for the Agronomist and Arable Farmer and Farm Business websites. After 17 years milking cows on the family farm John started writing about agriculture in 1998 and has since written for a variety of publications and has developed a wide circle of contacts within the industry. When not working John is a season ticket holder at Stoke City and also of late has become a fitness freak, listing cycling, swimming and walking as his exercises of choice.