Higher grain prices bring optimism to arable farming but new challenges
arise: rising costs, volatile grain markets and managing the environment.
Now farmers and those in allied trades who want to address
these challenges are being invited to participate in an
exciting new Monitor Farm project. Anyone interested in
finding out more about the project should attend the first
meeting on 20th November at 1.30pm at Woodhead Farm, Gifford,
East Lothian courtesy of farmer, Mr Hugh Broad.
The project at Woodhead is one of the first two ARABLE
Monitor Farm projects in Scotland and is supported by HGCA,
in partnership with the Scottish Government and Scottish
Enterprise and facilitated by SAC.
The purpose of this first meeting is to explain to local
farmers how the Monitor Farm will work, describe and see
the farm and get feedback on the main topics that are of
importance to their businesses and that they think the
project should address.
Project facilitator, Chris McDonald, Senior Agricultural
Consultant, SAC said:
“The main aim of the Monitor Farm project is to
help arable farmers in the area to improve the performance
of their farm.
“Farmers coming along to the meeting will have the
opportunity to join the ‘Monitior Farm group’ which
will meet regularly at the farm over the next three years
and will contribute to decisions on the farm strategy and
provide innovative ideas for the farm.
“New ideas and practices put forward by the group
will be tried and tested at Woodhead. The objective is
that the farmers in the group will be inspired to make
similar changes to their systems.
“This is an exciting opportunity for arable businesses
to determine and tackle their costs of production and to
manage the marketing of their crops more effectively.”
All are welcome to attend. However, to help with arrangements
for the day those planning to come along should contact
the facilitator, Chris McDonald, SAC, Bush Estate. T: 0131
535 3430, E: firstname.lastname@example.org, F: 0131 535 3431
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