UPDATED INFORMATION explaining the concept of Integrated Farm Management, together with practical advice on how to implement it is now available, it has been announced today (7 November 2005)

The LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) training pack – originally developed in 1995 – aims to help advisers, trainers and agricultural lecturers explain IFM to farmers and students.

The latest edition features a CD-ROM which contains an introductory module on IFM, together with nine other sections focussing on technical agriculture, biodiversity and policy issues and improving public understanding.

The pack is part of the Voluntary Initiative and has also been developed with the Crop Protection Association and Agricultural Industries Confederation.

“It’s important everyone keeps up to date with advances in the [IFM] concepts,” commented CPA deputy chairman, Brian Beach.

“This pack will contribute to the aims of the VI in helping everyone involved in farming, agronomy and crop protection adhere to best practice, particularly in enhancing biodiversity and protecting water quality.”

The pack is free to colleges, training establishments and trainers. To order a copy, contact LEAF on 024 7641 3911 or email enquiries@leafuk.org