The Farmers Weekly arable desk and specialist arable publication Crops have a new editor following Guild member Richard Allison’s move from another Reed Business Publishing post.
“I spent the past four years as Poultry World editor, working in a sector I knew very little about at first,” says Richard. “But I soon learned and successfully oversaw many changes on the publication, including a new design, new content and a strengthening of the magazine’s online presence.”
Richard’s farming roots are in the dairy sector and he initially made a career in dairy research having studied for a degree in agriculture at the University of Nottingham. He then moved to the ADAS consultancy before entering the world of journalism in 2001 by joining Farmers Weekly as a livestock reporter in the middle of the foot-and-mouth crisis.
“One reason for wanting to move back to Farmers Weekly is that I missed the weekly routine and wanted to have a greater input into FW and its online presence FWi,” he says. “On top of that, I wanted a new challenge – which I’ll certainly have by moving into another sector and taking on not only the arable desk but also Crops.”
Richard joins fellow Guild member Mike Abram in the arable team