About Nigel Padbury
A graduate of the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, Nigel Padbury is currently responsible for crop and variety testing, Seed Production and Marketing for Premium Crops. With a wealth of experience in the technical and commercial aspects of cereal and non-cereal seeds, he was originally a plant breeder working with oilseed rape for Twyford Seeds and has subsequently been Pulses and Oilseeds Product Manager for CPB-Twyford and Oilseeds and Maize product manager for Syngenta Seeds across North West Europe. A one-time member of the Board of Sponsors for the National Non-Food Crop Centre and several times Chair of the British Society of Plant Breeder’s Oilseeds and Maize Crop groups, Nigel is also an Agricultural Industries Confederation Arable Committee member.
In this seminar we will explore the opportunities for UK growers to add value to their broad acre arable cropping by growing crops with the particular characteristics to meet specific end user requirements. End Users who are willing to pay a premium for the crop characteristics that they want.
This seminar examines the options available, the added value that can be achieved and the contract terms that growers can and should expect. While at the same time highlighting some of the traps and pitfalls that can befall those who venture into the niche crops market without having a secure end user in place.
Whether it is elevated levels of Omega-3 from linseed for the animal feed market; Special fatty Acids in oilseed rape oil for industrial end users; Canary Seed or Millet for the birdfood sector; or, Ultra high protein content wheat for British bakers, all of the crops offered by Premium Crops will command an added value over their more conventional alternatives.