James Bannister

A little bit about me, I am 61, have been involved with farming and agriculture all my life.

My father was a farm forman, I have been a farm worker, farmĀ  forman/manager, over the years. In 1998 I was involved in a serious farm accident , resulting in the amputation of my left arm. I started agricultural contracting in 2001, up to the present day, and still going from strength to strength. I have been a member of the NAAC since 2002 except for 2 years whilst in New Zealand, rejoining in 2011, and getting more involved with the NAAC resulting in becoming chairman in 2022 and still chairman now.

My current contracting business is JLR Farm Services, specialising in manure and lime spreading, also contract spraying based in Haxey in the Isle of Axholme covering a 40 mile radius of base, I run a JCB Fastrac on the spreading and Knight self propelled for spraying, along with a Manitou loader. I also now do talks on safety, talking about my accident and ways to prevent more farm accidents. As chairman of the NAAC, I have been able to talk more about the accident and Jill Hewitt NAAC, CEO has helped me with this.