Six new AHDB Cereals and Oilseeds Monitor Farms have been appointed to help farmers across England, Wales and Northern Ireland prepare for the many changes that lie ahead.
AHDB’s Interim Head of Knowledge Exchange, Graham Bannister, who coordinates the Monitor Farm programme for arable farmers, said: “What makes this batch of Monitor Farmers unique is that their term will cover a particularly volatile time in farming. Over the next three years, it is likely that the farming industry will experience large changes in policy and trade. Monitor Farms are a vital part of the UK farming’s toolbox, helping the industry not just to survive, but thrive.
“We know from our annual Monitor Farm survey that those who attend the meetings find the programme helps them to improve their business decision-making. By being involved at this crucial time farmers can gain independent expert advice as well as share knowledge and experiences with their local peers.”
The six new farms, including one in Wales and one in Northern Ireland, bring the total number of Monitor Farms up to 20. The new Monitor Farm hosts were selected by AHDB staff and board members and will be supported by a steering group of other local farmers and agronomists.
Mr Bannister said: “Being open-minded means they are receptive to trying out new technology and ideas on their farms.” He added: “The Monitor Farm ethos of ‘farmer-led, farmer-driven’ is still key to its success. Farmers who get involved in their local Monitor Farm programme can help drive and direct their industry into a successful future.”
A steering group sets the agenda for each of the Monitor Farm meetings, making sure that the topics are the most relevant to the local farming community.
The new Monitor Farms will hold a launch event throughout the year:
- Vale of Glamorgan – Dan Moore, R&L Anthony Ltd – 16th of June
- Cheltenham – Andrew Walters, Boddington House Farm – 21st of June
- Cambridge – Matt Redman, Oldfield Farm – 5th of July
- Limavady – Alistair Craig, Carsehall Farm – 28th of June
- Bucks and Beds – Will MacLennan, Dollars Grove Farm – End of June (TBC)
- Thame – Garth Weston, Sydenham Grange Farm – 6th of July (TBC)
To find out more or to register to attend one of the meetings visit www.ahdb.org.uk/events