Ben Goad is the man behind Eco Prospects.
Having attended Harper Adams Agricultural College, Ben has subsequently worked in soil nutrition. His passion and enthusiasm for soil health, crop nutrition and water quality are obvious when you speak to him.
This passion and enthusiasm are underpinned by a vast amount of knowledge and experience that he has acquired over the last 15 years working in soil and crop nutrition. He has worked with everything ranging from lime to organic wastes, manures, composts and digestate, all of which have been applied within agronomic and regulatory requirements. Based on his experience and training he is familiar with a range of farming systems and nutrient issues.
Ben decided he wanted to have a “hands on” approach and have a more personal interaction with his clients. The intention was to provide a bespoke and cost-effective service closely tailored to his clients’ requirements, and so Eco Prospects was formed.
As a result of his advice and input, many farms that Eco Prospects has worked with have seen positive results, such as an increase in yield and the quality of their soil. In turn this has led to an improvement of their gross margins.
While recognising the advantages of using old practices, he is keen to embrace new ways of improving soil health and so is eager to combine the two. Learning from the past but adapting for the future, he keeps up to date with the latest developments around agricultural waste and has a thorough understanding of the transition that many farmers are having to make to implement the latest guidelines following Brexit.
Ben is Fertiliser Advisor Certification and Training Scheme (FACTs) certified and keeps up with CPD points to maintain his professional register status. Having this certification means he understands the principles and practice of crop nutrition, fertilizer recommendations and nutrient planning. It also ensures that your soils and crop health will be subjected to comprehensive experience and knowledge, therefore giving you peace of mind that your goals will be met.
Ben can also help you understand the opportunities and challenges from water quality and environmental schemes e.g. countryside stewardship, sustainable farming incentives, farming rules for water and ELMs.
Being personable and approachable, Ben is able to build relationships with his clients, but he is also reassuringly knowledgeable in his field of expertise, so you can trust the advice that he gives.
Ben is passionate about products from waste to bring about change in resource management. very knowlegable and helpful problem solver but more importantly very honourable.
Worked with Ben finding land for Biosolids in Kent, Sussex and Hampshire. Ben’s ability to cultivate effective relationships with farmers and other stakeholders enabled him to deliver in a saturated and restricted market, that was being driven into negative value by the competition.
I have worked with Ben for three years on a number of project and business development initiatives. Ben stands out in my opinion for his creativity, his focus on developing bespoke solutions for customers and his determination to drive projects forward.
Ben came to the farm with a great knowledge of agriculture and was able to understand not only my business but what was practical and achievable. Ben’s work was of a very high quality and depth and he was able to aid me in pointing out my weaknesses and my needs in driving my business forwards.