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17.11.03
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.

INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITY

With keynote conference speakers at 10am, Thursday 27th November Barrowfield Hotel, Hillgrove Road, Newquay

Dr Mike Carver, Managing Director - The Arable Group (TAG), Tel: 01285 652184
Cameron Tonkin, Cornwall Arable Initiative, Tel: 01579 372288

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Editor's notes:

TAG

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.

Vocational Training Scheme

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

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 businesses.
This press release was sent to you by: Carolyn Daw tel: 01822 833488
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Jason Clark
Communications Adviser
Objective One Partnership Office
Castle House
Pydar Street
Truro TR1 2UD
Tel: 01872 241379
Fax: 01872 241388
objectiveone@cornwall.gov.uk

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