- Soil Association
- Kate Pressland
Programme Manager - Innovative Farmers
Kate joined us in 2013 to run the research elements of the Duchy Future Farming Programme, and now manages Innovative Farmers: the programme’s network of on-farm trials (‘field labs’). Field labs support farmers interested in researching agroecological solutions to practical problems, by teaming them up with researchers to work directly on the issues the farmers face, on their own land, developing their own ideas. Kate is responsible for engaging with the programme’s stakeholders including farmers, producers, advisers, scientists, policy makers and industry bodies to develop farmer-led research as a key practice for improving agricultural sustainability and resilience. She manages its small grants scheme that helps boost the ability of the field labs to understand if solutions investigated are effective.
Kate also sits on the senior management team of Scotland’s own farmer-centric research programme Rural Innovation Support Service (RISS). Kate has a PhD in agricultural ecology and previously worked for 9 years in land management with farmers across the south west in the conservation sector.