Visit the UK’s leading indoor agricultural event, with eleven packed halls of the very latest in agricultural machinery and equipment. Now at the NEC, Birmingham this is free to attend and free to park.
With the latest Defra Farm Business Survey revealing 64 per cent of farms in England have already diversified into non-agricultural business, there is no denying farmers and landowners are actively seeking alternative ways to stabilise volatile farm incomes.
However, for some, the idea of shifting the attention from the core farm business to another enterprise can be daunting and add risk.
Equally, there are others who are itching to bring in an additional farm income but are unsure about how to go about it or what their options are.
Priding themselves on originality and a swift response to emerging trends, the Fermor family made a pioneering decision which has seen them reap the fruits of their labour, as Jack Watkins discovered when he visited the Kent farm.
With the planning process and local opposition being two of the biggest hurdles to getting a renewable energy project off the ground, David Burrows looks at how engaging with communities from the start can make for a much smoother ride.