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Farmers increasingly relying on agricultural contractors, new research shows

More farmers are relying on external companies to carry out major work, new research shows.

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The CRPR presents 'In Our Hands'

The CRPR is delighted to be able to present a free screening of the film In Our Hands – Seeding Change.  

In Our Hands tells the inspiring story behind the blood, sweat and tears of the British farmers seizing the Brexit moment to outgrow the industrial food system.  

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Faculty and Researchers to deliver bite-size food talks at the River Cottage Food Fair

Faculty and PhD researchers from the Centre for Rural Policy Research will take part in the Food for Thought Stage on Sunday 27 May as part of the River Cottage Food Fair

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Outstanding Contribution to Teaching and Public Policy

Dr Keith Howe, Senior Research Fellow in the CRPR, has received an Award for Excellence 2018 from the Agricultural Economics Society (AES) for his outstanding contribution to teaching and public policy. 

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Master’s students from the Centre for Rural Policy Research visit Rothamsted Research world leading experimental research farm

As part of the Knowledge Exchange module, Master’s students went on a field trip to Rothamsted Research’s North Wyke Farm Platform near Okehampton.  

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Sustainable Intensification in Policy and Practice: The UK Story

Professor Michael Winter, who is currently undertaking research at the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at the University of British Colombia in Vancouver, led a seminar on Sustainable Intensification.

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University of Exeter expert appointed to bovine tuberculosis strategy review

University of Exeter rural policy expert, Professor Michael Winter, has been appointed by the Defra Secretary of State, Michael Gove, to the Government’s bovine tuberculosis Strategy Review.

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New tool allows farmers to compare their environmental impacts

Farmers can now compare their business’s impact on the environment using a new tool designed to help them operate in a more sustainable and productive way.

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Fresh Start Land Matching Conference Success

Professor Matt Lobley's informative presentation on family farming, succession and entry to farming was enthusiastically received by the audience. 

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New tool to support improvements to environment and rural employment

A new web-based tool will support policymakers and farmers to improve the environment and increase rural employment.

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CRPR PhD researcher wins BANC’s ECOS Student Article Competition 2017.

CRPR PhD researcher, Adrian Colston, was recently announced as one of the winners of BANC’s ECOS Student Article Competition 2017. 

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Dr Eva Thomann awarded grant by the Swiss National Science Foundation

Dr Eva Thomann, alongside experts in policy analysis at the University of Bern, awarded grant to carry out an analysis project on food policy in Switzerland entitled “Healthy Nutrition and Sustainable Food Production”.

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Food Exeter strategy promotes healthy, sustainable city

A new strategy has been published to promote sustainable and healthy food for all in Exeter.

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Professor Matt Lobley was the sole U.K. delegate invited to speak at the Changing Lands, Changing Hands Conference in Denver, Colorado.

This event brought together international participants from a wide range of sectors to exchange knowledge, experience and research findings.

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Professor Lobley was among invited guests at the Family Farmers’ Association’s (FFA) Annual Open Meeting at the Palace of Westminster

The meeting on 1 February 2017 provided a forum for UK family farmers to meet up and discuss matters.  Discussions were focussed on the recent Brexit decision and how the FFA can seek to influence the future of farming in light of this. 

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LEEP academic involved in 'Food and the Circular Economy South West' workshops

The workshops will be explore the opportunities and challenges for SME food and drink processors, specifically bakery and dairy processors, in the South West in transitioning towards the circular economy (CE) – as well as evaluating the CE concept itself.

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PhD studentships for September 2017 entry announced

We’re delighted to announce four PhD studentships supervised by LEEP colleagues, which are funded thanks to our links with external research partners, The John Oldacre Foundation, and our alumni.

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The Prince of Wales praises work of University of Exeter farming experts

The Prince of Wales has praised the work of University of Exeter experts to help support small family farms.

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New Nuffield award hopes to influence the future of British farming

Nuffield Farming is awarding University of Exeter academic, Professor Michael Winter, with a Scholarship to study for the first Nuffield Farming Lecture. 

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Rural policy expert appointed as Government advisor

University of Exeter rural policy expert Professor Michael Winter OBE has been appointed as a Government advisor to help protect England’s natural environment.

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University of Exeter agricultural economist awarded honorary doctorate

A University of Exeter expert has been awarded an honorary doctorate by the Royal Veterinary College for his outstanding contribution to promoting animal health and welfare.

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Major study reveals steep decline in number of small family farms

A major new independent study commissioned by The Prince’s Countryside Fund into the future of small family farms across the UK, has revealed a steep decline in numbers since the beginning of the century.

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University of Exeter experts to provide crucial advice to farmers, government and communities

Senior politicians have welcomed work by University of Exeter academics to promote smart decision-making which will safeguard the environment.

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New research shows South West farmers concerned by Brexit

Farmers have expressed concern about the unknown implications of Britain leaving the European Union, according to a new survey by experts at the University of Exeter.

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Politics academic runs natural environment management workshop with Scottish decision makers

Dr Duncan Russel ran a workshop, with colleagues from the University of East Anglia and the James Hutton Institute, which brought together a range of representatives Scottish organisations responsible for managing the natural environment. 

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Latest news and activities from the Sustainable Intensification Platform

This issue highlights the ongoing work of the SIP community both in individual aspects of research, and in finding new ways of bringing about SI on farm and in the wider landscape.

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The viability of the UK small farm – a call for evidence

As part of research commissioned by The Prince's Countryside Fund we are holding workshops with interested parties and in advance of these workshops we are inviting the submission of written evidence.

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Professor Matt Lobley awarded Associate membership of the Royal Agricultural Societies

Professor Lobley's award was for his very considerable contribution to the well being of the land based sector - particularly in the areas of retirement & succession planning.

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The viability of the UK small farm – a call for evidence

As part of research commissioned by The Prince's Countryside Fund we are holding workshops with interested parties and in advance of these workshops we are inviting the submission of written evidence.

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Professor Matt Lobley awarded Associate membership of the Royal Agricultural Societies

Professor Lobley's award was for his very considerable contribution to the well being of the land based sector - particularly in the areas of retirement & succession planning.

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Succession planning service launched to help farms stay in the family

Professor Matt Lobley joined a panel of farm succession planning experts to lead a debate, 'Playing the generation game', at NFU’s annual Conference in Birmingham.

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Valuing Nature placements for LEEP academics

LEEP is delighted that three of its academics were awarded Valuing Nature placements contributing to the understanding of the complexities of the natural environment they will work with policymakers, businesses and practitioners. 

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