Time running out to become an arable AHDB Monitor Farmer

Farmers still have time to apply to become a Monitor Farmer, as the AHDB searches for seven new hosts to help growers drive their arable businesses forward by hosting meetings and trials.

Into its fifth year, the Monitor Farmer project aims bring together like-minded farmers who want to develop or expand their business through local group discussion, benchmarking and trialling new practices and technologies.

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Richard Meredith, senior AHDB knowledge exchange manager, explained that each Monitor Farmer will host four to six meetings on their farm each year for the three-year stint.

One farmer who has seen the benefit of getting involved is Tom Rees, who farms in Pembrokeshire. After attending AHDB’s Cardiff Monitor Farm, he volunteered to host his own Monitor Farm project in 2018 to make sure the good work continued.

“It was a brilliant programme and it gave me a lot of confidence in making decisions in my own business,” he said.

Mr Meredith added that while AHDB is primarily looking for cereals farms, mixed farms with other enterprises such as potatoes, beef or lamb, dairy or field vegetables make really good Monitor Farms too.

AHDB is looking for farmers in the following areas and the closing date for entries is 31 January 2019.

  • East Anglia: Norfolk or Suffolk
  • South East: Kent
  • South West: Devon
  • North East: Yorkshire or Northumberland
  • North West: Cumbria, Lancashire or Cheshire
  • West: Shropshire
  • East Midlands: Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, South Lincolnshire or Derbyshire

To apply email richard.meredith@ahdb.org.uk or apply via the AHDB website