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CFE Survey for Farmers to Make Every Acre Count

10 February 2011
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UK - Make every acre count is the message from the Campaign for the Farmed Environment (CFE) to thousands of farmers and land managers ahead of the Campaign's second annual survey.

The Survey of land managed under the CFE current 2010/11 crop year is being sent out on Monday (February 14) to 5,500 farmers and land managers with 10 hectares or more arable land.

Jim Egan, CFE Delivery Group chairman, said: “It is vital that when farmers and land managers see the Defra envelope containing the CFE postal survey they complete it fully and accurately. This is an unique opportunity to ensure that every acre managed under key target options in ELS and Campaign voluntary measures is counted. The survey is the formal way by which annual progress towards the final voluntary measures target of 204,000ha by June 2012 is measured.

“Many farmers do not realise that existing practices on their farms are positive contributions to the Campaign. In many cases through ELS options or voluntary measures, such as excess ELS over winter stubbles and game covers that do not contain giant sorghum or maize, they are making contributions to the Campaign objectives.

“Therefore, everyone that receives this postal survey should complete it. Help in completing the survey will be available through specific surgeries being run across the country or from local Campaign co-ordinators, agronomists or advisers. This survey gives every farmer the opportunity to show what is being done to support this voluntary approach and show commitment to protecting resources and enhancing wildlife on farm.”

Details of advice surgeries providing help on completing the survey can be found at www.cfeonline.org.uk, as well as guidance which will assist in completing the forms.

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