The South West Agricultural Resource Management (SWARM) Initiative from the Duchy Rural Business School has been set up to provide farmers with information about efficiently managing their natural resources. A PPRE (Peninsula Partnership for the Rural Environment) project, the SWARM Initiative embraces their ethos of “improving the economic & environmental performance of agriculture through research, skills development and knowledge transfer”.
There are three main elements to the SWARM initiative, these are;
-Soils for Profit – covers soils, manures and nutrients and is delivered by Natural England in partnership with the Environment Agency
– Resource Efficiency for Farmers – covers energy, water, air and inorganic waste and is delivered by Rural Focus
– SWARM knowledge hub – This website provides land users with numerous resources including videos, fact sheets and interactive features.
Farmers can request free advice visits, during which farmers are helped to identify any issues and advised of potential mitigation measures.
The SWARM Knowledge Hub is a new RDPE (Rural Development Programme for England) funded web information service dedicated to south west farmers and growers. The site will help to show that sustainable agriculture means more profit for the farming community. This site can be used to:
– Learn how you can reduce the costs of farm inputs
– Increase profits by making better use of farm resources
– Help decide what energy saving investments to make on your farm
– Get unbiased reports on the latest resource management research
– Learn how other farmers are tackling resource management on their farms
– Get the latest news and information on funding and training
The SWARM Knowledge Hub is a PPRE project working very closely with various funding agencies, farmer groups, and other stakeholder partners to ensure that the most up to date knowledge on all aspects of farm resource management is made available to the south west farming community.
Information on a range of different topics will be presented in a variety of ways including videos, decision making tools, factsheets and interactive features to allow the farming community to improve profitability and become more sustainable.
For more information visit http://www.swarmhub.co.uk/index.php