German arable farmer Christian Myer reckons UK farmers are telling the public a much better story about land and environmental management than his colleagues back home.
Visiting Cereals 2007 with German Agricultural Society DLG, Mr Myer was impressed by the PR farmers were creating around the protection of birds, bees and other wildlife and how the new environmental schemes were being used to tell the public about farmers’ contribution to countryside conservation.
“Farmers are clearly far more pro-active about conservation in England and particularly in telling the public what you are doing. We have to comply with rules to create protection areas around watercourse and ponds, but the extra strips around hedgerows and the emphasis on protecting birds, bees and other wildlife is very interesting. It is a way for farmers to improve their image and we are not doing that in Germany.”
Mr Myer, who farms 1600 ha in Westphalia, was over with a group promoting Agritechnica 2007, the World’s No 1 Agricultural Machinery and Innovations Exhibition, to be held in Hanover from November 13th to 17th.