AN AWARD-WINNING Staffordshire farm manager has joined the Midlands team of an organisation representing the rural community.
Duncan Ross, pictured, from Tamworth, is the Country, Land and Business Association's new territory manager for Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland.
The CLA has said his appointment gives the organisation, which represents the interests of farmers, landowners and rural businesses, a stronger regional presence at a time when a raft of legislation and threats means that belonging to a strong membership organisation is now seen as essential for economic survival.
Harper Adams graduate Duncan has more than 20 years' experience of the agricultural industry, including time as an award-winning farm manager and working in the agricultural machinery sector.
He said: "I can say from experience that anyone who owns or manages land, whether for farming or a diverse range of rural business, will benefit from the CLA's help, advice and support.
"They will have access to expert advisers and information which will help keep members keep up with changing legislation and market pressures.
"Equally important is our lobbying, which helps members actually get on with the running of their own enterprise, in the way they wish.
"Threats such as compulsory purchase or the removal of water abstraction licences can have a big impact on a business and we are doing our best to minimise the effects on members."
Duncan can be contacted on 07794 070568 or firstname.lastname@example.org.