Andrew Williamson - Precision farming – Can it help feed the world?
I am 38 years old, and married to Caroline; we have three children James, 9, Hannah, 6 and Harriet, 2 mths. We live near Bridgnorth, in south Shropshire, where I am the managing partner of our family farming partnership. I returned home to join the partnership in 1999 after completing a Hons degree in Chemistry at the University of Bristol and travelling around the world working on farms in Australia, New Zealand and the USA. We farm 900 acres of predominately combinable crops, wheat, Oilseed Rape and Oats. Alongside this we let out some permanent pasture for sheep grazing and all the land we manage is covered by a Higher level stewardship scheme, the aim of which is to increase the level of farmland birds.