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A decade of putting farmers in the driving seat of innovation
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Innovative Farmers

A decade of putting farmers in the driving seat of innovation

2022 marks the 10th year of Innovative Farmers. Part of the Duchy Future Farming programme, the network has been pioneering the model of farmer-led research in the UK. Join the network: https://www.innovativefarmers.org/register/ Tell us about an idea you have for on-farm research: https://www.innovativefarmers.org/ideas-pinboard/2021/august/09/get-your-idea-pinned/ A decade of field trials has shown that farmer-led research can improve the sustainability of UK agriculture. As well as improving the health of thousands of animals field labs can eliminate tonnes of harmful chemicals, and improve efficiencies on-farm to help build resilience and viable futures for farm businesses. Innovative Farmers is celebrating the success of more than 120 field labs that have placed farmers in the driving seat of agricultural research, with the network connecting with around 12,000 UK farmers. From the outset, the network has enabled farmers to investigate solutions to their own challenges, on their own farms. It also provides open access to trial designs and findings through its website, newsletters, and social media channels, so that other farmers benefit from the research in the UK and further afield. Run by the Soil Association, Innovative Farmers is part of the Duchy Future Farming Programme, funded by the Prince of Wales’s Charitable Fund through the sales of Waitrose Duchy Organic products. Find out more about the 10th anniversary: https://www.innovativefarmers.org/news/2022/january/18/farmer-led-research-crucial-to-sustainable-farming/
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