Frontier Agriculture has expanded its network of BASIS approved crop protection stores, with the opening of a brand new store at its Invergordon site. The new facility demonstrates Frontier's commitment to providing full support for its expert agronomy team and their grower customers and follows recent growth of their advisory team in northern Scotland.
Crop protection stores are used to safely house essential products used by farmers during crop production to maximise yield and guard against disease, pest damage and weeds.
Frontier recently enhanced the Scotland team with the recruitment of experienced agronomists, Hugh Mackintosh and Douglas Gray.
Until now, Frontier's nearest crop protection store to customers north of Inverness was located at Turriff, some two hours' drive away. As Mr Mackintosh explains, the new store will significantly improve service for local farmers: "Often, when farmers need a specific product, they are keen to apply it as quickly as possible - when the store was several hours away that was sometimes a challenge. Now we have a dedicated vehicle based here we will provide a fast efficient delivery service within 24 hours of visiting the farm. As an agronomist it means I will be able to provide farmers with strategic crop protection advice knowing that the products they need in order to implement that advice are readily available."
One of Mr Mackintosh's farmer customers, Mike Anderson of JJ Anderson, Morayscairn in Morayshire, adds: "From a farmer's point of view it's good news... and delivery service for agrochemicals has been excellent."
Frontier already has long standing trading relationships with many farmers in the region; providing grain marketing advice as well as supplying farm inputs such as fertiliser and seed. Hugh's appointment and the opening of the Invergordon store build on this, providing a more comprehensive range of services to growers, now including expert agronomy advice.
The Invergordon team now comprises:
|Hugh Mackintosh - Agronomist covering the area from Moray to Caithness|
|Andrew Norman - Farm trader covering area Nairn, Inverness-shire, Ross shire, Sutherland and Caithness|
|Kirsty Morton - Farm trader covering Nairn and east to Banff|
|Billy Mackenzie - Storekeeper, delivery driver.|
Douglas Gray - Agronomist covering Ross-shire