James Clarke, ADAS Research Director was recently commended by The English Panel of the Council for Awards of Royal Agricultural Societies (CARAS) for his 40-year career in agricultural research. The awards ceremony, held in the House of Lords on Tuesday 5th October, was hosted by Lord Taylor of Holbeach FRAgS in the presence of HRH the Princess Royal, Fellow. James was recognised for his contribution to agricultural research and agricultural policy development, and his role in championing farmer-centric research.

James has been with ADAS since 1979, beginning as a local adviser in Essex, Hertfordshire and Norfolk. Since then, his roles have included regional agronomist, research centre manager and Managing Director of the ADAS Soils Crops and Water team. As an expert in all aspects of arable production, especially crop protection, sustainable agriculture and integrated farming, James has long been recognised and respected throughout the UK’s agricultural research and farming community.

Alongside his roles in ADAS, he is Chair of the UK Weed Resistance Action Group, a former Chair of the Pesticides Forum and member of the Advisory Committee on Pesticides, a Member of RSPB Lowland Farm Project Advisory Group and an Associate of the Royal Agricultural Societies (ARAgS). Recently, he has been appointed to join the UK Expert Committee on Pesticides.

Managing Director of ADAS, Andrew Walker, commented, ‘James can be rightly proud of this tremendous recognition by CARAS of his unstinting dedication to the promotion of agriculture and of agricultural research, to which he has devoted over four decades of his life. His colleagues and friends in ADAS share that pride and salute his outstanding achievements’.