Farming and land management

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Agriculture and food production accounts for 13% of the county’s economy, compared to 7.6% nationally. The sector is directly reliant on soils, water, pollinators, predator control and other services provided by healthy natural environmental systems.

Our agricultural sector faces huge challenges. The complex and ever changing landscape of regulations, markets, funding and policy needs to interact in a way that makes economic and environmental sense and is understandable and deliverable. Decisions need to be underpinned by the best available research and evidence.

Guidance and support

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Devon farming initiatives and networks

Soil health

  • Lettuce Field Near CornfieldDevon and Cornwall Soils Alliance – This project, organised by The West Country Rivers Trust looks at building capacity and capability across soils in Devon. They are now running seven feasibility studies to demonstrate a protocol for the assessment of soil health in any of the soil types in Devon and Cornwall.
  • British Society of Soil Science – This organisation is committed to the study of soil and the application of findings to improve soil health. They provide videos, resources and expert advice to help you understand your soil better.

Case studies

  • High Nature Value Farming in Devon – Four case studies from across Devon show the features, management and obstacles to farming in areas of high nature value.
  • Clinton Devon Estates has a mix of in hand, shared and tenanted farms across its land. The Estate engages with all those responsible for land management to encourage entry into agri-environment schemes. They are working to promote agriculture that supports sustainable use of resources whilst delivering ecosystem benefits.
  • Pipers Farm produces meat in a more sustainable way and creates links between ethical producers and consumers. They adopt techniques such as regenerative farming, using native breeds, plastic free packaging and encouraging a reduced consumption of meat.

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