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CPM magazine appoints machinery editor

Published on 31st January 2018

Crop Production Magazine (CPM) has a new machinery editor with the appointment of experienced journalist David Jones.

David is working alongside current editor and Guild Member Tom Allen-Stevens and is responsible for CPM’s machinery section.

David said: “I’ve known, and occasionally written for, CPM since its early days, and followed the magazine’s growth in popularity ever since.

“During that time, the UK’s farm machinery sector has been transformed by developments in technology and innovation.

“CPM has been at the forefront of reporting and explaining this transition and my main aim as machinery editor is to ensure that this leading role is sustained.”

Tom said: “I’m delighted that David has accepted the role as machinery editor.

“In these challenging times, farmers turn to sources they trust to gain an informed view on how to progress.

“What we deliver through CPM’s machinery pages is insight into how a particular piece of kit delivers for the farm business.

“David has an engaging writing style, a wealth of experience in the industry, and a real enthusiasm for the subject.”

Based in Shropshire, David has been writing about farm machinery for the past 15 years.

His first job in agricultural publishing involved helping to produce the NFU’s monthly county magazines.

This was followed by a move to the then ground-breaking Big Farm Weekly and, subsequently, a spell with Farming News.

Since then, David has worked on the production of a wide range of in-house publications for some the world’s largest farm machinery manufacturers.

CPM has delivered in-depth analysis of agronomy and machinery innovations to UK arable farmers and agronomists since 1999.

CPM publisher Angus McKirdy said: “With more than 30 years’ experience as an agricultural journalist, David brings a wealth of knowledge.”

While David will edit the machinery section, Lucy de la Pasture continues in her role as technical editor, responsible for the technical and roots sections.

As overall editor, Tom Allen-Stevens also edits the Innovation section and is responsible for sponsored and knowledge exchange editorial.

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