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Agricultural body seeks East Anglian farm to join Monitor Farm network

PUBLISHED: 06:30 02 November 2018 | UPDATED: 06:52 02 November 2018

Farmers at an open day for Norfolk's current AHDB Monitor Farm, Swanton Morley Farms near Dereham. Picture: Ian Burt

Farmers at an open day for Norfolk's current AHDB Monitor Farm, Swanton Morley Farms near Dereham. Picture: Ian Burt

The Monitor Farm project is looking for a farm business in Norfolk or Suffolk to join its knowledge-sharing network.

Seven more farm businesses are being sought across the country to host the next phase of the programme run by the Cereals and Oilseeds branch of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).

The new Monitor Farms will be asked to take a “whole-farm approach” to the project, bringing all aspects of their businesses to the discussion table.

Richard Meredith, AHDB knowledge exchange manager, said: “Taking a whole-farm perspective, while maintaining our arable focus, will help farmers make real developments in their business management practices, which should result in improved productivity, competitiveness and environmental management.

“Looking at the whole farm and addressing the complex interactions between enterprises will help to evolve the Monitor Farm programme to meet the changing needs of the industry even better.”

The new Monitor Farmers and their local groups will be scrutinising every aspect of their businesses over the next three years. including soil health. machinery policy. comparing costs with their peers and tying out new ideas on their farms – with guidance from industry experts.

The AHDB is primarily looking for cereals farms, but which also ideally have a mixture of other enterprises such as potatoes, beef or lamb, dairy or field vegetables.

• Farmers can apply via the AHDB website.

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