Monday, 1 July 2013

Farmers, Defra and the Agency learning together

Untitled by Soil & Water Science
Untitled, a photo by Soil & Water Science on Flickr.

I have just been part of a most inspiring gathering.......With my partners from EdenDTC, Eden Rivers Trust and Newton Rigg College, we brought together national Defra staff with farmers in the Eden to talk about solutions for future farming and water quality. After visiting a number of farms, we came together for drinks and dinner in the Mil Yard Cafe, Morland. The spirit of the day was terrific and I think provides some useful inspiration for making a difference. It was particularly exciting to see the farmers - the local land experts - gaining confidence from the dialogue so that they might be empowered to lead the way on new innovations and solutions. Farmer power!

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