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    Cumbrian Opportunities for Renewable Energy

Farmers throughout Cumbria can find out more about renewable energy and make contact with local specialist firms through a series of meetings staged next month (March).


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Cumbria Farmer Network, a non profit making company which allows the farming community to secure their own futures as well as that of rural Cumbria, is organising five meetings across the county starting at Brampton on March 1, funded by the Northwest Livestock Programme.

Each meeting will begin with a presentation on renewable energy and the options available by a speaker from CoRE, this will be followed by a short talk by Livestock Programme The Cumberland Building Society on budgeting and financing.

“The series of meetings is one of an ongoing programme organised by Cumbria Farmer Network covering a range of topics to help farmers become more competitive in their businesses,” said CFN co-ordinator Jane Clark.

“Renewable energy is currently receiving a lot of press and it is surprising how many farmers in Cumbria are looking at the possibilitiies of renewable energy.

“Through these meetings we are getting together exeperts to present the facts as well as local experts who can provide the equipment and advice,” she added.

The meetings also support the Network’s drive to encourage farmers to be greener and reduce their carbon footprint and, after the initial, outlay reduce their input costs.

As well as being able to discuss renewable energy with local specialist firms on a one-to one basis, the meeting will conclude with a question and answer session.

The meetings are being held at:

March 1 - The Golf Club, Talkin Tarn, Brampton
March 8 - Tufton Arms Hotel, Appleby
March 15 - The Rugby Club, Kendal
March 22 - The Cricket Club, Threlkeld
March 29 - The Rampant Bull, Cockermouth.

All meetings to start at 7.30pm.

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