New arable demonstration site and
research facility to benefit growers
Arable farmers in Cornwall and beyond will soon benefit from
a new arable demonstration site and the latest agronomic information
and advice thanks to £32,000 of investment from Objective
The Cornwall Arable Initiative will be located in South East
Cornwall. Already planned are a series of open days through
the growing season and a major conference to ensure that arable
growers in the region are well serviced with the most up to
date agronomic information.
Arable Research Centres (ARC) in partnership with Duchy College's
Vocational Training Scheme have been awarded grant funding
from Rural Progress to develop technology transfer in the
arable sector through the opening of an arable demonstration
Cameron Tonkin at Duchy College, facilitated the application,
and was delighted with the outcome. Cameron explained, "I
am aware that there have been discussions taking place for
a number of years between progressive growers in Cornwall
and ARC about opening a demonstration centre in Cornwall.
This funding from Rural Progress combined with Vocational
Training Scheme funding will provide the core finance to develop
an agronomy location to the benefit of all arable growers
In addition to the funding for the Demonstration Site, Objective
One investment has also been made available through the Vocational
Training Scheme to give growers in Cornwall heavily discounted
membership of ARC. In the first year this will be a subsidy
of 70% of the normal subscription.
Dr Mike Carver, Director of ARC said, "This level of
funding should encourage many arable growers in Cornwall to
become members of ARC which is the largest independent agronomy
organisation in the country. We will add a number of trials
to the demonstration site and create an excellent ARC location
in Cornwall." He added, "We are confident that this
new venture in Cornwall will significantly improve the amount
of independent, locally produced, information and advice.
It has taken a number of years to achieve this new project
but we now look forward to it being supported by Cornish growers
and justifying all the time and effort put into the discussions
by a number of the growers."
A preliminary meeting of growers who were interested in forming
the first technical committee for the new centre has already
taken place. Some clear objectives have been established for
both demonstration and local research and development, specifically
in growing wheat, oats and barley. A suitable demonstration
site is now being sought ready for planting this autumn.
If you would like further information on the Cornwall Arable
Initiative please contact: Cameron Tonkin on 01579 372288
or Dr Mike Carver on 01285 652184.
Interviews are available with:
Dr Mike Carver, Director ARC, Telephone: 01285 652184
Cameron Tonkin, Cornwall Arable Initiative, Telephone: 01579
Arable Research Centres
Arable Research Centres (ARC) is the UK's largest independent
farmer led charitable research and development organisation
funded predominantly by farmer subscriptions. These subscriptions
are invested back into localised research and technical advisory
for its members, and in Cornwall are subsidised annually by
Objective One through Duchy College until 2006. Therefore
increased membership numbers will ensure on-going programmes
and advisory for Cornwall's arable industry beyond 2006.
Rural Progress is a new Objective One fund scheme to facilitate
the implementation of new technology and provide new skills
to land based businesses, individuals, groups and organisations.
These beneficiaries need to be located within Cornwall and
the Isles of Scilly and associated with farming, horticulture,
forestry or supply services to these businesses.
Vocational Training Scheme
The Vocational Training Scheme (VTS) is an Objective One,
EAGGF, ERDP and DEFRA training, development and extension
programme designed to provide support and delivery to farmers,
rural business and land based managers across Cornwall, Devon,
Somerset, Dorset, Avon, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire.
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