Becky Willson  -  Communicating carbon reduction schemes to farmers; busting preconceptions, driving efficiency and profit.

AHDB Beef & Lamb

Although I’m not from a farming background, from an early age I knew that agriculture was the industry that I wanted to be part of.  I’m 33 years old and live on the edge of Dartmoor in Devon, with my husband Tom and two daughters Emma and Chloe.

Currently I split my work time between working as a technical specialist in resource management for Duchy College Rural Business School and a project officer for the Farm Carbon Cutting Toolkit, a farmer led organisation that deals with helping farmers to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.  Both of these jobs allow me the great privilege of talking to farmers and growers about managing resource and carbon on-farm.  Prior to this I worked for the Rural Business School on the SWARM Hub project looking at resource management and it was as part of this project that we developed the Farm Crap App, an app to help farmers value the nutrients found in their manures and slurries.

I completed my degree in Agriculture from Aberystwyth University in 2005 and before coming over to the dark side of knowledge transfer, I spent three happy years milking cows in Warwickshire and Kent.

At home I am also chair of the local community farm, which involves 60 families growing their own food and rearing their own livestock.  I enjoy running, especially in and around the fantastic Devon countryside, walking the dog and spending time with my family.

I am extremely excited to be beginning my Nuffield journey and am hugely indebted to AHDB Beef and Lamb for sponsoring me through the scholarship.