New knowledge transfer officer for AHDB Pork

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) Pork’s newest recruit has returned to her pig farming roots after joining the knowledge transfer team. 

Sam Crocker will join the levy board as knowledge transfer officer, having spent time in academia and working for the NHS. 

“I am thrilled to have Sam in the team to ensure we continue to build on a world-class delivery and technical service to meet the industry’s needs,” said Dr Charlotte Evans, technical senior manager in the pork innovations and trials team. 

“Sam’s experience of this within the NHS, together with her passion for pigs, is a unique and valuable combination.” 

In her new position, Crocker will be working closely with strategic farms to identify and communicate learning outcomes from the national knowledge exchange programme. Her role will also see her provide pig farmers with the necessary information to enable them to develop their businesses from a commercial angle. 

Originally from the US, Crocker grew up on a farrow-finish farm in Iowa, and received a degree in agriculture. In her home country, she has spent time with the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach team, where she interacted and coordinated activity with the Iowa pork industry.

More recently, her career has seen her work on knowledge exchange campaigns in local authorities and the NHS, including monitoring outcome-based work and stakeholder engagement. 

She said: “Through my experience in the public service and industry background from the States, I hope to bring a distinctive perspective to the team in order to support English pig producers.”

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