The Arable Group (TAG) is launching a new membership offer at Cereals to give wider industry access to its extensive independent research results.

TAG Alliance is open to individuals involved in arable farming, allowing them to support and benefit from the work carried out by TAG and its research partners.

Membership, which costs £75 a year, gives access to a dedicated website provided by TAG Research.

A quarterly bulletin containing reviews of the latest research and an open invitation to visit one of TAG’s three National Agronomy Centres are also included.

According to chief executive Colin MacEwan, TAG Alliance will help safeguard the future of independent research.

“It will suit professionals who wish to keep up to date with independent agronomic advice,” he says.

“The work that has been done covers a huge range of topics, all of which are highly relevant to the challenges faced by arable farmers today.

“By becoming involved in TAG Alliance, new members will be able to show their support and commitment to this work, as well as benefit from its value.”

Mr MacEwan hopes the offer will encourage two-way communication and participation between the organisation and its new members.

“We already have a strong following from our progressive farmer members, who receive timely and independent agronomic advice, tailored to suit their individual situation.

“The idea behind TAG Alliance is to get greater industry involvement in current and future research projects, so that the independent sector continues to go from strength to strength, without the need to bow to commercial interests.”

He envisages TAG Alliance being of interest to everyone involved in arable farming.

“The industry is going through an enormous amount of change and there are many new ideas to take on board and put into practice.

“By presenting some of the solutions in a readily accessible format, we will be providing a valuable and much needed service.”

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