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Would you like to recommend the ‘Recommended'?

Monday, 19 November 2018

Would you like to be at the cutting edge of independent crop trials and part of a team recommending varieties for the UK? If the answer is 'yes', then you may be interested to learn that AHDB has six vacancies across its three Recommended List (RL) crop committees.

Wheat Crop Committee (three vacancies)

  • Pathologist
  • Agronomist with specific interest in new varieties (commercial and marketing experience preferred)
  • Wheat grower or other person able to represent the interests of growers

Barley, Oats and Other Cereals Crop Committee (two vacancies)

  • Pathologist
  • Oat grower (preferably with an additional interest in rye and triticale)

Oilseeds Crop Committee (one vacancy)

  • Oilseeds grower (preferably able to represent the northern region)

Candidates should be enthusiastic and committed.

Committee members meet three times a year (generally in May/June, August/September and November) to agree agronomic and quality definitions for varietal recommendation, select candidate varieties for trial and propose new varieties to be added to the RL.

Appointments are for a three-year term. Members are supported by AHDB staff and receive reasonable travel and subsistence allowances.

Further information on the role of the crop committees can be found in the RL Crop Committee Handbook.

Applications, including a covering letter and CV, should be sent to:

Jenna Watts, AHDB, Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth, Warwickshire CV8 2TL, or emailed to

Closing date 23 January 2019

Interviews are expected to take place on 6 February 2019 at the AHDB office in Huntingdon.

RL for 2019/20

The online summaries of the RL for 2019/20 will be launched on 3 December 2018. The summaries, along with commentary, will be published at

RL Look Ahead

At the 2018 AHDB Agronomists’ Conference, initial results from the organisation’s RL Look Ahead activity will be announced. The RL Look Ahead examines how farmers, grain trade, agronomists and crop breeders use the RL to inform their decisions, and identifies what developments may be useful in the future.

Further information on the conference, which takes place on 4 to 5 December in Kettering, can be accessed from