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Farm advisers could play a key role in implementing 25 Year Environment Plan

Farm advisers have specialist skills and local knowledge they can apply in their work with farmers and land managers and this will be more important than ever after Brexit. The 25 Year Environment Plan and new food and farming policy will have the potential to change significantly the way land is managed in the UK. CREs latest Relu policy and practice note on the role of farm advisers in post Brexit land management draws out some of the implications for key land-based advisory professions.


Relu Newsletter - April 2018

The Rural Economy and Land Use Programme April 2018 newsletter includes all the latest news and updates on Relu and LWEC research projects, events, staff and publications.


Reflections on Defra and Agricultural Economics Society Conference

Andrew Moxey, who is working with the Centre for Rural Economy at Newcastle University and research partners on the ESRC funded project Brexit: How might UK agriculture survive or thrive? reflects on the recent Defra/AES One-Day Conference Agricultural Trade & Brexit in the latest CRE blog.


Consultation on the future of food, farming and the environment after Brexit
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is carrying out a consultation on government proposals for future agricultural policy in England, following the UKs departure from the EU. The consultation paper Health and harmony: the future for food, farming and the environment in a Green Brexit is available on line and responses must be submitted by 8 May 2018 either on line, by emailing agricultureconsultation@defra.gsi.gov.uk, or by post to:
Agriculture Consultation Team
1b - Future Farming Directorate
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Nobel House
17 Smith Square


Link up with other researchers and practitioners interested in sustainable intensification
Want to share ideas for engagement and collaboration on sustainable intensification of agriculture? The Sustainable Intensification Research Network has set up an information sharing tool. If you would like to make contact with others interested in this topic and maybe get involved in research in this area you can register using the link below. The information provided will be available on our website and you will be able to filter registrations by academic discipline, research area and capability, countries and funding opportunities. The form is easy to complete but you will need to agree with our Terms and Conditions. Please register your expertise here and soon you will be able to view list of registered partners.

Beefier profits from the dairy herd
Approximately half of all beef in England is a product of the dairy herd. Improving the quality of these cattle can bring economic benefits to everyone involved in the beef supply chain. In Beef Production from the Dairy Herd the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board covers issues such as improving genetics, better production systems and meeting market needs to boost profits.


Looking ahead in the grain market post Brexit
Competitiveness, improving performance, a collaborative supply chain, a consistent product and maximising niche opportunities are going to be key factors in making sales of UK grain count at home and abroad, according to new horizon market intelligence analysis from the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board. The report is available on line and may be downloaded from the AHDB website.












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Mike Butcher, Agronomist and Landbridge member