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Frontier Agriculture expects to sign the 1,000th Humber Gold club member during this year's Cereals event. To mark this landmark, Frontier will be holding a prize draw at Cereals for all customers who have joined the club so far. The lucky winner will receive one tonne of free KWS Santiago seed.
The Humber Gold club will be the main focus within the Frontier marquee at Cereals this year. A dedicated Humber Gold lounge will feature information about the club and the new Vivergo bioethanol plant. Experts from Frontier and Vivergo will be available to answer farmers' queries and, of course, to sign them to the club.

KWS Santiago is the top yielding variety on the HGCA Winter Wheat Recommended List for 2011/12. It is a hard endosperm feed wheat, ideally suited for intensive production systems. Santiago is resistant to wheat orange blossom midge and can be sown from mid September onwards. The extremely high yield potential makes Santiago ideal for bioethanol production.

The Humber Gold club
The Humber Gold club links farmers into the supply of the new Vivergo bioethanol plant near Hull. The plant will require 1.1 million tonnes of wheat annually. Frontier has secured the exclusive contract to supply the site and the Humber Gold club is the linchpin of the company's strategy to guarantee wheat for production. This presents farmers in the regions surrounding the plant with a major opportunity to benefit by teaming up with Frontier to market their wheat.

The Humber Gold club will deliver a raft of farmer benefits. To be eligible to join the Humber Gold club farmers must commit to supply Frontier with a minimum of just 120 tonnes of wheat through the Club (four lorry-loads). In return these are just some of the benefits they will gain:

•  More flexibility on moisture content levels - Members are given priority on wheat accepted by the plant at up to 17 % moisture content. Ensuring grain is at the specified moisture level for the end consumer and the costs that are associated with achieving that can present farmers with a huge challenge, not to mention the worry of having their delivery turned away at its destination. Being a member of Humber Gold helps remove that worry.

• Batch loading within 30 miles - This will allow farmers to better plan their business, as any club member within a 30 mile radius of the plant will be able to arrange collection of their grain to suit their needs. If that means collecting 10 lorry-loads of grain at once, Frontier will do so. The plant also has flexible and lengthy opening hours.

• Attractive terms for supply - Including priced, un-priced and pool contracts with preferential payment terms of 21 days and in some cases farmers can qualify to be paid within just 7 days.

• Load analysis by text/online -Just 30 minutes after a load of grain has been tipped at the plant, farmers will be able to obtain a full breakdown of weight, moisture content and quality.

• Average moisture contracts -For larger contracts Frontier will assess the average moisture and provided it is within the tolerance of 14-15.5%, all will be accepted, reducing the number of claims on a farmer's account.

• Carbon scoring -Humber Gold farmers will be able to evaluate the carbon score of their crop production and use the results to drive a reduction in their environmental impact.


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