James Bannister: new chairman of NAAC

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James Bannister was elected as new NAAC chairman at the AGM on 4th March 2022. Taking over from previous Chair Matt Redman, James runs an agricultural contracting business in the Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire borders spreading manures and lime, alongside crop spraying.

However, it was in 1998 that James’s life was drastically changed when he lost his left arm in a farm accident, having become entangled in a potato harvester. It has taken over twenty years to successfully rebuild his life and business, JLR Farm Services, and James is now in a position to want to help others stay safe on farms.

“If just one person changes the way they operate, based on my experience, that will be one life potentially saved,” commented Mr Bannister. “In my new role as NAAC chairman, I want to drive the Association forward, whilst putting particular focus on trying to improve our dreadful industry safety record.”

Challenging times

Farming is currently facing challenging times, with rocketing input prices and a declining farm subsidies, but the NAAC is working hard to ensure that contractors can future-proof their businesses, supporting farmers in building sustainable and productive operations, whilst protecting the environment and animal welfare.

‘As finances tighten and skilled, trained labour is harder to source,’ said James, ‘it becomes more tempting to cut corners and push boundaries. However, it is critical to focus on safety management to ensure that all our contracting workforce is kept safe and is supported. I am passionate about farm safety and am honoured to be Chairman and have the unique opportunity to try and make a real difference to our industry.’


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About Author

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 an avid follower of Stoke City.