Farmers urged to ‘make every acre count’'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 a unique opportunity to ensure that every acre managed under key target options in Entry Level Stewardship (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."
CFE partner, The Country Land and Business Association (CLA), believes some farmers do not realise that existing systems on their farms are helpful contributions to the Campaign.
CLA West Midlands regional adviser, Donna Tavernor, said: " 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 assisting the Campaign's objectives.
"Everyone who receives this postal survey should complete it. The questionnaire gives farmers the opportunity to demonstrate what is being done to support this voluntary approach and it will show their commitment to protecting resources and enhancing farm wildlife."
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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