CFE must attract more agronomists
MORE than half the number of agronomists and advisers targeted by the Campaign for the Farmed Environment have attended training and awareness days to date. But there’s more to be done say the campaign partners.
The Campaign has so far directly reached 800 agronomists and farm advisers through training days, agronomy conferences and briefings. The target is to reach 1,500 over three years.
The campaign partners say more work is needed to reach those agronomists and farm advisers who are not yet fully aware of the aims of CFE. The RSPB has called on agronomy firms and independent agronomist groups to book Hope Farm in Cambridgeshire for a free training day in which experts from key CFE partners will be on hand to guide them through the environmental measures included in the campaign.
“These are the people who can make a real difference to the way farms are run on the ground and it is essential our experts meet them face to face to demonstrate how the aims of the campaign can be achieved and why they are so important, both for our countryside’s wildlife and the future of the farming industry,” says FWAG technical director Jim Egan.
According to Richard Winspear, RSPB farming adviser, getting the message across to one agronomist means the campaign will reaching 100 farmers.
“If this campaign is to be a success, and our countryside and wildlife are to be protected, it is vital that we get this message out to every farmer in the UK.”
*Any agronomy firms and groups who want to book Hope Farm for a CFE training and awareness day can call Chris Bailey, RSPB Hope Farm Manager, on (01954) 267438.