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Agricultural Education & Careers

Why Craig Simpson has chosen a career in crop protection

Craig Simpson, a commercial technical adviser for Bayer, gives us an insight in how he got interested in Agriculture and why he has chosen to pursue a career in crop protection

Hi Craig, great to have you on board at Bayer. Let’s kick things off by hearing a little more about your background and what first got you interested in Agriculture.

"From a young age I’ve always had a passion for agriculture. Being raised on an arable farm I spent all my summers outdoors and involved within the industry. This passion for the industry led me to study at SRUC in Aberdeen and after graduating with an honours degree in agriculture I was fortunate enough to be selected to travel to New Zealand on a young farmers study tour. The trip gave me a real insight into global agriculture and confirmed that I had a passion for the industry and I was not yet ready to give up my studies. Following the trip, I began studying for an MSc in agricultural professional practice, funded by the NFU Mutual Centenary Award, with a focus on crop protection."

What is it about crop protection that you find so interesting?

"I find the crop protection industry fascinating as arable agriculture is always changing and the pests and diseases we have to deal with are constantly evolving. It’s a complex challenge which calls upon an industry that needs to be able to adapt and overcome these pests and diseases. This is particularly the case when you think about the current and future challenges of climate change."

Climate change is a ‘hot’ topic at the moment, what are your thoughts so far as an emerging leader as well as someone passionate about crop protection?

"Climate change is a very important subject to me. My family farm in Scotland was a climate change focus farm. The aim of this scheme was to maintain an efficient agricultural business whilst trying to reduce the emissions produced on the farm. I think that crop protection underpinned by science and technology plays an important role in reducing these emissions and maintaining crop quality and yield on less land, burning less carbon. Personally, I believe crop protection products such as glyphosate are a good example of how we can reduce carbon emissions at farm level."

Now that you’re in the write-up stage of your MSC, what does the future hold for you? What are you most excited about when you look at the UK agricultural industry?

"With the evolution of digital farming and precision agriculture, it’s a really exciting time to be involved within agriculture. I’m looking forward to a career in crop protection, applying what I have learnt so far and the experience I have gained working with the team at Bayer to play an active role in supporting a positive future for UK arable farming."

Thanks Craig, and all the best with completing your MSC!


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