Red Tractor appoints new Combinable Crops and Sugar Beet Sector chair

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Kit Papworth is the newly appointed chair of the Red Tractor Combinable Crops and Sugar Beet Sector.

Mr Papworth is a Norfolk-based. award-winning farmer and grower of feed and seed wheat, malting barley, sugar beet, oilseed rape, vining peas and potatoes. He will formally take up his position next month, after Guy Smith stepped down from the role of chair last spring.

Red Tractor chief executive officer Jim Moseley said: “Kit has a proven track record for delivering as a farm business and working at a board level.” Having previously held numerous chair and board roles within British Agriculture and the wider industry.

“He understands the challenges British Agriculture is facing and I’m sure that his leadership will be a huge asset in helping Red Tractor continue to protect the integrity of the food chain and British farming standards.”

Kit Papworth

Mr Papworth said: “I’m excited to be appointed as Red Tractor’s new Crops and Sugar Beet Sector Chair at such a challenging time for British Agriculture.”

“Crop assurance is vital to the entire food chain; I look forward to working with customers to understand their requirements both now and in the future. I am keen to discuss the issues around equivalence to imported grains and to explore how inspection can be made less challenging for growers.”

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