Precision pulls in the money

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PRECISION farming kit looks like a favourite in the first round of pay-outs under the new Farming and Forestry Improvement Scheme.

Announcing successful grant applicants this week, Defra offered four regional case studies which all involved the purchase of GPS (Global Positioning Systems) for more accuracy and efficiency in crop planting and cultivation.

A second round of applications will be taken in May. See

Objectives include: Improved soil quality; better use of farm manures; reduction of energy costs or emissions; water saving; better animal welfare; and more efficient timber processing.

Natural England has announced the opening of this year’s round of Catchment Sensitive Farming funding – up to £10,000 towards reducing run-off to nominated rivers. See or call 0300 060 1111.