5th April 2016
Frontier Agriculture has confirmed another year of support for the industry's national annual open day, Open Farm Sunday which takes place on 5th June, 2016. Frontier is one of the longest serving principal sponsors of Open Farm Sunday, having supported the event since 2008.
Open Farm Sunday will see hundreds of farmers, including many of Frontier's customers, opening their gates to the public to help them discover how farmers grow crops for food, clothing, medicine and fuel through to the science and technology behind farming and crop production.
Frontier's involvement extends far beyond financial support of the event and many of its employees assist their own farmer customers with events on the day.
Mark Aitchison, Frontier's managing director said: "Our industry has a great story to tell and Open Farm Sunday does a fantastic job of connecting farmers with the public. We are pleased to continue our sponsorship but we're even more proud that it gives our own colleagues opportunity to share their expertise and explain to people what they do to help their farmer customers grow crops.
"Producing crops is more complex than most people would imagine and farmers rely on specialist advice to help with specific areas such as crop protection, nutrition and soil health. Many of our people give up their time on Open Farm Sunday and are out on farms giving talks on everything from the cutting-edge drone technology we're using to monitor crops, to how many pints of beer can be produced from an acre of barley."
Since its launch in 2006, Open Farm Sunday has seen over 1.6 million people visit a farm and learn about the vital work farmers do. LEAF is estimating that 400 farms will open this year and between them, will welcome over a quarter of a million visitors.
Other supporters of Open Farm Sunday include: AHDB, Arla, ASDA, BASF, The Co-Operative Food, Defra, John Deere, Jordans, LEAF Marque, the NFU (National Farmers' Union), Marks and Spencer, Sainsbury's and Waitrose.
Farmers who want to learn more and find out how to open their farm on Open Farm Sunday should register at www.farmsunday.org.