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Farmer to Steer £1.5m Funding Programme

Farmer, Geoff Payne, has been appointed to spearhead a £1.5million funding project in the East Midlands to boost the profits of farming and forestry businesses.

Geoff Payne

Geoff Payne

LandSkills East Midlands, which is managed by Lantra Sector Skills Council on behalf of the east midlands development agency (emda), has appointed Geoff as Programme Manager to help agricultural, horticultural and forestry businesses access up to 70% funding towards a wide variety of training activities.

Geoff, from near Gainsborough in Lincolnshire, knows first hand why skills development is crucial to business success having worked as a farm manager and livestock specialist at Brooksby College and said: “I’m really pleased to be joining the programme. It’s so important that agricultural and forestry businesses keep developing their skills and stay abreast of industry development. LandSkills East Midlands represents a real opportunity for rural businesses to do this through affordable and flexible training and skills development activities and I’m looking forward to presenting rural businesses in the region with this exciting programme.”

Part of the Defra and European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development funded Rural Development Programme for England, LandSkills East Midlands has helped 1351 beneficiaries in the region and funded high level technical training such as agronomy, developed the regions first farming ambassadors, implemented the East Midlands Dairy Improvement Plan initiative and more.

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