Launch of Cornwall Arable Initiative
Over fifty Cornish arable farmers will be meeting for the
launch of the Cornwall Arable Initiative and an inaugural
conference next week (27th November 2003) at the Barrowfield
Hotel in Newquay.
The conference, plus several planned open days and a new
arable demonstration site, which has already been established
at Bake Farm in South East Cornwall, is being managed by an
industry steering group and is all thanks to over £30,000
Objective One investment from the Vocational Training Scheme
(VTS) and Rural Progress.
Arable specialists from the newly formed The Arable Group
(TAG), a merger between Arable Research Centres and the Morley
Research Centre, will be discussing the latest trial results
from their research centres around the country. They will
also be updating Cornish farmers on the objectives of the
trials drilled this autumn in South East Cornwall. The site
has been drilled to showcase different cereal varieties, seed
treatments, take-all control and fungicide and nutrient management.
VTS Project Manger, Cameron Tonkin said, "Attendees
will benefit from the most up to date agronomic and trials
information. It's an excellent opportunity for growers to
get together and benefit from other growers' experiences."
The free conference is being organised by VTS and kicks off
at 10.15am on the 27th November. Booking is essential (Telephone
01579 372289) and will include lunch and refreshments.
With keynote conference speakers at 10am, Thursday 27th November Barrowfield Hotel, Hillgrove Road, Newquay
Dr Mike Carver, Managing Director - The Arable Group (TAG), Tel:
Cameron Tonkin, Cornwall Arable Initiative, Tel: 01579 372288
The newly formed The Arable Group (TAG), a
merger between Arable Research Centres and the Morley Research
Centre, 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 advice for its
members, and in Cornwall are invested in by Objective One
through Duchy College until 2006.
The Vocational Training Scheme (VTS) is an
Objective One, European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee
Fund (EAGGF), England Rural Development Plan (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.
Rural Progress is an Objective One funded
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
This press release was sent to you by: Carolyn Daw tel: 01822
Objective One Partnership Office
Truro TR1 2UD
Tel: 01872 241379
Fax: 01872 241388
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