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Nine new Monitor Farms for England to spread knowledge

Staff writer |
Nine new Monitor Farms have joined AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds’ innovative knowledge exchange programme in England and Wales.

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The aim of the expanded network, to be launched in June, is to enable more farmers to take part in the programme and to benefit from the discussions.

Tim Isaac, AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds Interim Head of Regional Development, said: "These new Monitor Farms will fill the gaps in our geographical coverage, making it easier for more growers to get to meetings near them.

"Businesses across the country have already benefited from the existing farms, but growing the network to 24 will allow the programme to better reflect a range of localised conditions and help a wider cross-section of growers."

From Dereham in Norfolk to Truro in Cornwall, the hosts represent a range of local farm sizes and enterprises. There are family farms at just over 200ha and estates of over 1,000ha.

Some have other enterprises, while others are solely arable. Establishment techniques in the new tranche of Monitor Farms include ploughing and combination drilling (Warrington), strip till (Kent), and a variety of approaches to min-till.

The new Monitor Farms are:

• Blandford (Dorset): James and Georgie Cossins, Rawston Farm
• Bridgnorth (Shropshire): Adrian Joynt, Apley Estate
• Dereham (Norfolk): Simon Brock, Swanton Morely Farms
• Leicester (Leicestershire): Jack Smith, Stoughton Estate
• Newark (Nottinghamshire): John Miller, Manor Farm
• Northampton (Northamptonshire): Tom Banks, Courteenhall Estate
• Sittingbourne (Kent): Mark Bowsher-Gibbs, Hempstead Farm
• Truro (Cornwall): Howard Emmett, Tregaire Farms
• Warrington (Cheshire): Robert Cross, Clifflane Farm.

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