Growers can still register support for Campaign for the Farmed Environment

Growers still have the opportunity to show their support for the Campaign for the Farmed Environment (CFE) after the deadline was extended to 14 January.

Over the past three months, farmers and land managers have recorded the campaign voluntary measures and key target options under entry level stewardship that they implemented on their holdings for 2009-10.

The most popular voluntary measure was reverted arable areas, which closely resemble former set-aside. Thirty-four per cent of participants took this step. That was followed by over-wintered stubbles, grass buffers and temporary and permanent watercourses.

Almost every farm had unproductive areas, where the cost of production outweighed the poor yields. These areas were ideal for putting campaign voluntary measures in place, making every acre count towards farm productivity and environmental benefits.

National CFE coordinator Corrina Gibbs said: "Many farmers put in place voluntary measures because they saw the sense in using less productive areas on their holding in a flexible way.

"For those farmers who haven't adopted voluntary measures, there is still time. In many cases it might just be a case of simply tweaking existing management practices so that it counts towards the CFE.

"One of the selling points of the campaign is the flexibility and ease with which some of the voluntary measures can be incorporated."

- To complete the online record by 14 January 2011, visit www. cfeonline.org.uk or call 024 7685 8892 to request a hard copy.


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