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Two 'Moisture Meter Clinics' organised by Frontier Agriculture as a service for local farmers and held in Chichester and Malshanger, have raised £380 for the Air Ambulance Appeal.

In order to comply with the Farm Assurance Scheme farmers are required to check the performance of grain moisture meters and temperature probes annually.  To help its customers meet this obligation Frontier Agriculture organises a number of clinics around the country, where farmers can have these instruments checked for a small charge.

For every piece of equipment that is tested Frontier Agriculture donates £5 to a local good cause.

Charles Kane, Farm Trader for Frontier, who helped organise the events, said: "We provide support for farmers in every aspect of farming and checking that this equipment is working properly is something we encourage farmers to do. Ensuring an accurate measure of moisture content in grain at harvest time is very important to us when trading wheat, barley and other crops. Moisture affects grain quality and of course with the wet weather we have experienced this harvest, it's been even more important than usual to check grain is at an acceptable level before it is sold on. We're delighted that as a result of the checks we are also able to support this fantastic cause."

June Leatheam, who accepted the cheque on behalf of the Air Ambulance Appeal, said: "This money will be used to help keep the Air Ambulance flying and saving lives.  The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance is only flying due to the generosity of the people of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, for which we are extremely grateful.

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