Jamie Lockhart  -  Unlocking the potential of Data Use and Agri-tech within Agriculture

The Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association

I grew up in Norfolk and have been involved in farm management since graduating from Shuttleworth Agricultural college in 1995.

I am Director of Farming at Honingham Thorpe Farms where I have been employed for the past 15 years. The business farms 6,000 acres and cropping includes cereals, oilseeds, sugar beet and a range of irrigated crops including potatoes, onions and parsnips. We participate in several trials on the farm including variety trials and one showing the benefit of grazing livestock within an arable rotation.

We are involved with several diversification projects including office and warehouse lets, commercial grain storage and the development of a food and agricultural business park under the name of the Food Enterprise Park.

I am married to my wife Becky and we have two children Sam and Katie who are 17 and 15. They are all keen on horses and we spend many weekends throughout the year travelling to various competitions across the country.

I am currently the vice Chairman on Norfolk NFU and will take on the Chairs role in early 2021. This allows me to get involved with the wider issues facing our industry.

In my spare time in enjoy rugby, shooting and spending time with my friends and family.

I would like to thank the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association for their generous sponsorship of this award. I would also like to thank My Employer and the team at Honingham Thorpe farms. Without their support I would not be able to complete this study.