Plant breeder Limagrain expands UK commercial team

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Limagrain has expanded its UK commercial team with the appointment of two new national roles. John Spence is the company’s new forage crops product manager and Tom Barker joins Limagrain UK as cereals and pulses product manager.

John Spence brings nearly 20 years’ agronomy experience to his new role. He joined Limagrain in 2006 and held the role of forage crops seed sales specialist in the Midlands and northern England. 

John Spence

John Spence

From a Lincolnshire arable farming family, Mr Spence studied agriculture at the University of Nottingham. He then spent five years with Eurofins UK as trials agronomist for arable and forage crops before joining Limagrain. In his new role, John will manage Limagrain’s grass seed brands; Monarch and Sinclair McGill. 

Tom Barker has more than 12 years’ trading experience in the UK arable sector and working as an assistant seed manager. He is from a Suffolk-based farming family. 

Based at Limagrain’s wheat breeding centre at Woolpit

Tom Barker

Tom Barker

near Bury St Edmunds, Tom’s focus will be on growing the business with proven varieties such as; LG Skyscraper, LG Spotlight, Tundra and LG Diablo, and with the launching of new varieties.

Commenting on their appointments, Limagrain’s business

area director for north west Europe, Jonathan Tann says: “Both John and Tom have wide experience in their sectors to bring to their new roles. Limagrain is best placed of all the plant breeders and seed suppliers to recognise and respond to many of the issues facing UK growers now and over the next 10 years. By strengthening our commercial teams we will make sure we bring the latest developments and provide the technical support to our customers.”


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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.