Farmer wins BASIS Brian Chambers Trophy

Farmer wins BASIS Brian Chambers Trophy

Farmer wins BASIS Brian Chambers Trophy

CF are proud to have sponsored the Brian Chambers Award and are delighted to share this story on behalf of BASIS.

Craig Massie, Farm Foreman, at H Collins and Son, has been presented with the Brian Chambers Trophy, sponsored by CF Fertilisers, for excelling in the FACTS plant nutrition examination.

Having grown up on a mixed family farm in Staffordshire, Craig told us ‘It was the upbringing and love and support from my family that inspired my career choice’. Following his graduation from Harper Adams University, Craig has excelled in his role at H Collins & Son who offered him a permanent opportunity following a successful placement which he completed during his studies. 

The award was present by Ian Richards, who was the Exam Chair during Craig’s FACTS examination, ‘Craig really stood out as an excellent FACTS candidate for the year, excelled in his exams and presented himself very well through the extensive process in place for deciding the winner of the award. It gave me great pleasure, on the behalf of the FACTS Committee and BASIS, to present the award to Craig’. 

Craig is honoured to have received the award, which was set up as a tribute to the late Professor Brian Chambers. ‘I feel very privileged to have been chosen out of all of the candidates, I feel like all my hard work has paid off and I hope to use all the knowledge and experience gained going forward in the future on the farm’.  

‘I wanted to complete the FACTS Qualification because it will allow me to make more informed decisions going forward on the farm, it is a technical role, so I want to question processes on the farm. FACTS includes soil condition and fertility not just fertilisers, there is a whole integrated approach, so I want to be able to consider the wider picture to improve soil quality and fertility. I enjoyed the course, I thought it would be a struggle online over zoom, but it was very engaging. James made it very user friendly, gave us plenty of background reading and there were lots of opportunities to ask questions.’ 

Craigs employer, Ross Collins, added ‘Craig was always one that wanted to expand his knowledge, to grow his experience in farming and improve himself which we are all in favour of supporting. It is fantastic that Craig has won this award, he has worked hard, and we are hoping he will bring some of the knowledge he has learned back on the to the farm and start working more closely alongside our advisers’.  

The Brian Chambers Trophy was sponsored by fertiliser manufacturer CF Fertilisers for the first time this year. Sajjad Awan, company agronomist at CF Fertilisers, expressed how proud the company are to be supporting this prestigious award.  ‘We would like to congratulate both this year’s award winner and all agronomists who have successfully completed their FACTS certification and are helping British farmers to grow better crops and improve the environment. We pride ourselves on sharing our expertise and best practice through our people and extensive R&D programme. The R&D programme funded by CF Fertilisers encourages growers to maximise Nitrogen fertiliser Use Efficiency (NfUE). Our pioneering valuable environmentally-based services such as CF N-Min® Nitrogen soil sampling and N-Calc application planning system are available to all FACTS qualified advisers and agronomists to help them to advise on optimising Nitrogen fertiliser applications and timings.” 

Throughout the course Craig was tutored by BASIS accredited trainer, James Christian-Ilett, ‘I am delighted that Craig has received the Brian Chambers Trophy. To be the highest rated FACTS candidate of the year is a remarkable achievement and is testament to Craig’s hard work and enthusiasm for crop nutrition’. 

Craig is hoping to continue his career development by enrolling in future BASIS courses with his goal being the BASIS Diploma in Agronomy. This aim is shared by the runner up of the Brian Chambers Trophy, George Mills, who works as part of the agronomy team at Dyson Farming. 

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