The company was formed in 1974 by Richard Austin in order to provide advice and support to farms in the Lincolnshire area. The focus at that time was
to assist farms by providing Farm management support, financial advice plus
crop management advice, particularly aimed at the root crop growing sector.
Shortly after that the laboratory came into being as the first UK commercial lab
to offer PCN analysis as well as nutrient testing.
The business developed and became well known for managing numerous large
farming enterprises, whether through a period of change or due to unforseen
circumstances, RAA always put the farming business interests first when
taking into account the objectives of the shareholders.
Richard Austin is credited with the introduction of commercially grown
Maris Piper to Lincolnshire. This variety still dominates the planted area
As Richard’s retirement approached, Jeremy Stock joined the business in 2000
following 15 years with the Farm management company Velcourt. After a short
period of overlap, he took over the reins in 2001. His role is to provide
ongoing consultancy services to RAA customer but also to provide technical
advice to growers using the laboratory services. He is Basis, FACTS, Beta
and Basis soil and water qualified and is happy to talk to clients who have
questions relating to analysis results.
The aim of the business is to continue evolving in order to meet the
farming clients requirements, offering a flexible solution whether dealing
with the Single Farm Payment, meeting legislative requirements or to assist
Today Richard Austin Agriculture forms part of the Hutchinsons Group,
employs around 10 staff and remains committed to serving the needs of
farmers of Lincolnshire and beyond.