Ed Hodson, Grimme’s potato product specialist, has taken on the chairmanship of the Agricultural Engineers Association’s (AEA) technical committee.
The technical committee is primarily a forum in which to share information and discuss issues relating to legislation and standard. During his two-year tenure, Mr Hodson is keen to increase member participation and encourage member companies to host meetings and showcase their businesses.
Grimme has been a member of the AEA for several years, with Mr Hodson representing the company at meetings since 2019. He also represents the company on the Farm Equipment Council which looks at wider industry issues such as training, safety, commodity pricing, market data and trends.
“I would like to thank Duncan for his efforts during his two years as Chairman of the AEA’s Technical Committee,” said Mr Hodson. “Getting involved in the AEA and the Technical Committee has increased my knowledge and awareness of the issues facing businesses in the sector and given me a fantastic insight into how many companies and engineers are approaching problem-solving. I am looking forward to chairing the committee for the next two years and would like to encourage new members to join the association and to contribute to our meetings.”
Mr Hodson joined Grimme in 2021 and has worked in a technical sales role for vegetable and irrigation equipment, and also as a sales operations manager. For the last two years, he has been potato equipment specialist, which encompasses supporting the sales team with product knowledge and technical detail as well as working with growers, processors and packers on strategic projects.
He was involved in implementing the first potato production system in the UK on a 6m controlled traffic farming system and is currently looking at how regenerative agriculture can be successfully implemented into root crop production.